The UK is fortunate to have a National Health Service rich in data on the health and care of 65 million people. This provides unparalleled opportunities for harnessing electronic health records in discovery science and the evolution of population-based health systems. It is an exciting, innovative and ambitious time for health informatics in the UK and The Farr Institute is proud to be a part of the UK’s vision to become a global leader in the data driven improvements in public health and patient care.

As a collaboration of more than 20 UK universities, The Farr Institute’s expertise is wide ranging. The Institute works to advance informatics, statistics and data science and to develop governance and infrastructure frameworks that underpin the safe and trusted use of patient data. This provides the necessary tools to investigate, understand and improve the health and care of nation-wide populations.

Platform Research

By enabling new datasets and developing new infrastructure, methodology, technologies, standards and best practices, The Farr Institute can work with the owners and controllers of data to support the safe and trusted sharing and linkage of datasets. In doing so, the Institute champions data protection, confidentiality and privacy in medical research.

Our platform research falls broadly under the following themes:

Areas of Application

The Farr Institute is able to conduct and facilitate the investigation and understanding of the health of populations by performing pioneering inter-disciplinary research with large and complex data.

With such diverse expertise across our academic network, our research is being applied to a multitude of areas, from specific diseases to enhancing health services. Although not definitive, the following themes highlight our current research priorities:


For links to The Farr Institute’s publications, visit the Recent Publications page.

Case Studies

Visit the 100 Ways of Using Data to Make Lives Better page to view our case studies.

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