Interns enjoy their summer at HDI

The interns who came to spend the summer with HDI this year found their time enjoyable and worthwhile, as you can see from the video below: HDI Internship 2017 Abi, Eleanor and Paul were interns at Health Data Insight for 3 months during the summer in 2017. They talk...

“Index of Suspicion” has received a Cancer Research UK Pioneer Award

HDI has been awarded a Cancer Research UK Pioneer Award for research to improve the early diagnosis of cancer using machine learning and computer-based inference algorithms. We will analyse very large linked and unlinked datasets to ask:

1) Is it possible to identify patterns in medication given prior to the diagnosis of cancer and other data to derive an “index of suspicion” that a patient is at increased likelihood of developing subsequent cancer?

for different types of cancer; our suspicion is that the index may be most valuable for patients with cancers that present with vague symptoms – e.g. pancreatic, ovarian, stomach or brain cancer.
for different stages of presentation of the same cancer: for example, can we use the index to help identify common cancers at an earlier stage when they would have a better prognosis?
2) Using the index of suspicion derived in 1), can we risk-stratify patients in the unlinked prescription data to identify those who might be most at risk of developing a particular cancer?