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Harnessing digital data

Our innovative research seeks to advance the use of digital data in epidemiology.

We do this by:

  • using smartphones and wearable devices to collect data direct from patients;
  • unlocking data from patient electronic health record data;
  • linking datasets from multiple sources, to address new questions and improve the precision of estimates;
  • exploring digital interventions for self-management and behaviour change.

Key projects

Assembling the Data Jigsaw (Jigsaw) is a research programme in Greater Manchester that will bring together existing and new healthcare data to answer questions about arthritis that are important to patients. It will solve problems of missing health information and data in formats that are difficult to analyse, or that are stored in isolation.

The REmote MOnitoring of Rheumatoid Arthritis (REMORA) study will develop, test and evaluate a system for tracking daily symptoms in people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), where data are collected using a smartphone app and integrated into the NHS.

Academic leads