What do we mean by ‘structured data’?
Structured data refers to health information that is captured in a structured way (for example, there is a ‘drop-down’ box that a doctor completes with pre-set information). This would include electronic health records (such as at the GP and hospital).
What are we doing?
We are improving the accessibility of high-quality, linked healthcare datasets at UK population-wide scale for cardiovascular research. This work is driven by the NIHR-BHF CVD-COVID-UK flagship project looking at the relationship between COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease.
This project has resulted in NHS Digital’s Trusted Research Environment for England. This has linked de-identified health records for 96% of the English population in a secure environment, enhancing privacy and security of data, allowing important research questions to be answered to improve treatment and care of cardiovascular patients.
To find out more about the CVD-COVID-UK consortium and current research projects, click here.