Electronic Health Records GeCIP Domain


The sequence of health-related events that we all experience is increasingly captured in health records, on smart phones or on devices that we wear. In order to get the most benefit from the genetic sequence in the 100,000 Genomes Project datacentre for ourselves, our families and for others we need to bring together these two sequences – on the one hand our health as it unfolds over time and on the other hand the string of 3 billion letters that make up our genome.

The Farr Institute seeks to do just that. The major, exciting challenge demands developing new ways of doing research and building new methods and tools in six related areas:

  1. Recruitment to help patients get into the 100,000 Genomes Project in the first place.
  2. To bring in the patients perspective (eg reporting how they feel on a smartphone).
  3. To cross the bridge between the well established biological toolkits used in genomics and the newer field of examining health records.
  4. To use the ‘cradle to grave’ strengths of the NHS to find out about health over time.
  5. To offer patients the opportunity to take part in more clinical trials, with less intrusion on their time.
  6. To ensure that the NHS learns from knew knowledge in order to drive better patient outcomes from genomic medicine.

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