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BIH Lecture

BIH Lecture

A Prognostic Atlas for Clinical Medicine

Healthcare systems across the world know remarkably little about which patients have which diseases, in which combinations, and with what outcomes. One of the reasons for this is the challenge of the ‘long tail’ of treatable conditions in clinical medicine, with a large number of different diagnoses each having a small number of patients. Although each of these patients does leave a digital trace in their electronic health record (EHR), in practice there has been a lack of systematic (‘diseasome wide’) approaches to generating research insights across common and rare diseases using EHR. People living with a chronic disease may be considered to have a right, and doctors have a duty, to understand and discuss the likely course or prognosis. This talk will discuss the opportunities and challenges of developing a prognostic atlas for clinical medicine.

About the Speaker

Hemingway trained in medicine at University of Cambridge and in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was lucky enough at the start of his career to be able to pursue research interests – deeply unfashionable at the time – which focussed on the information, in ink or in bytes, in clinical records. If everyone knew that the weight, in kilogrammes, of a patient’s health record foretold risk of death and other health outcomes, why were these data not being systematically interrogated for public good? He led the PROGRESS (Prognosis Research Strategy) initiative, established with Spiros Denaxas the CALIBER open portal for reproducible EHR Phenotyping, established and Directs the Institute of Health Informatics, at University College London and is one of the founding Research Directors at the Health Data Research UK. His research uses large scale data (most recently 56 million population cohorts) complemented by higher resolution hospital data. His research has informed several practice changing guidelines, particularly in cardiovascular disease. He lives in Berlin and is fascinated that trees have number plates. 

Further information:

Health Data Research UK

UCL Institute of Health Informatics


The lecture will be held online via GoToMeeting. To participate in the lecture, please register here. The registration will be open until maximal participant capacity is reached.

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26 November 2021
12:00 pm

online via GoToMeeting
A login-link or dial-in number for the phone as well as an access code for the BIH Lecture will be provided the evening before the event.

Please register here. Registration is open until the maximum number of participants is reached.


Patricia Ebel

Manager Communications and Events

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