The Farr Institute’s e-Infrastructure research theme provides the frameworks that underpin the safe and trusted use of data for patient benefit.

Research in this area supports internationally leading collaborative research with advanced communications networks, data resources and innovations in hardware and software. This provides key tools for researchers to investigate, understand and improve population health and individual care.

Developing e-Infrastructure also helps to deliver new methodologies and best practice standards in confidentiality and data protection. e-Infrastructure investments are essential to maintaining the UK’s international ambition to lead in health research and to addressing global medical scientific challenges.

In addition to its applications in information gathering and interpretation, e-Infrastructure is also critical for efficient dissemination of new knowledge to clinicians and patients for benefiting care.

Work programmes underway include:

  • The collaborative development of Trustworthy Research Environments that meet strict standards of research, data security and privacy
  • New data analysis platforms
  • Dataset catalogue developments
  • Secure research communication networks

The coordination of these developments across the UK is essential for enhancing common standards and maximizing the value of investments. In the long term, The Farr Institute aims to develop robust tools that can be used by all accredited UK health researchers within a secure network, supporting approaches to team science.

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