Health Informatics Collaborative
The NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative (NIHR HIC) brings together five of the country's leading NHS Trusts with large NIHR Biomedical Research Centres - Oxford, Cambridge, University College, Imperial College, and Guy’s and St.Thomas’s - to make NHS clinical data more readily available to researchers, industry and the NHS community.
The Collaborative began in 2013 with five scientific themes - viral hepatology, acute coronary syndromes, ovarian cancer, renal transplantation and critical care - and, following the initial success and inclusion of more therapeutic areas data is now also being collected for patients with prostate, breast, colorectal and lung cancer as well as on a wide range of infectious diseases.
The availability of ultra-relevant clinical data collected to comparable standards across a network of leading hospitals creates new opportunities for engagement with industry. Prospective research partners can work with theme leaders within the Collaborative to determine the feasibility of specific studies in each therapeutic area across the combined populations. Where a study is feasible and ethical approval has been obtained, the ability to form cohorts rapidly across multiple institutions and to draw some or even all of the clinical data required from existing information systems, can greatly reduce the cost of the conduct of research studies and hence is attractive to industry partners.