Michael is responsible for the health informatics strategy for the Cambridge site of Health Data Research UK (HDR UK). This is focused on integrating information from electronic health records (EHR) with genomic and molecular data in large, consented patient and population cohorts to understand the causes of disease. The findings will inform better prevention, risk management, screening and treatment.

Michael’s work focuses on how to use data from electronic health records (EHRs) for health research and for improving the quality of healthcare services, and ensuring that patients and the public are informed about and engaged with this work.

Michael has over a decade’s experience of using electronic health records for research and quality improvement. Latterly, he was Director of Information and Patient Involvement for Cancer Research UK, a role that included leadership of intramural research using electronic health records and other datasets and of efforts to ensure people affected by cancer are involved wherever they can make a difference to the charity’s work. Previously he has held national roles leading work to give patients access to their own health records, and to improve access to cancer data and biosamples for researchers. He is a trustee of the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership and have been a member of a range of health service and government advisory groups relating to the use of NHS data.