Healthcare advances at Southampton Science Park

13 February 2018

Southampton Science Park has a strong heritage in supporting advances in healthcare. Two recent announcements made by tenants are:

EMIS Healthcare - A Breakthrough In The Fight Against Diabetes

In a collaborative project with the University of Nottingham, Emis Health has updated algorithms in the national QResearch database to create a more comprehensive tool for clinicians to identify more people aged 25-84 years at risk of developing diabetes – one of the UK’s biggest health problems.

QResearch is a large consolidated database derived from the pseudonymised health records of over 24 million patients. The data currently come from approximately 1500 general practices using the EMIS clinical computer system. The practices are spread throughout the UK and include data from patients who are currently registered with the practices as well as historical patients who may have died or left. Historical records extend back to the early 1990's making it one of the largest and richest general practice databases in the world.

In addition to assessing established risk factors, the new algorithm now takes into account new risk factors including: atypical antipsychotics, statins, schizophrenia or bipolar affective disorder, learning disability, gestational diabetes, and polycystic ovary syndrome.

EMIS Health, which has a regional office at the Science Park, is a leader in connected healthcare software and services. It provides every health sector with innovative technologies, from market-leading clinical management systems to health analytics tools.

National Institute For Health Research - Stakeholder Feedback Welcomed.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) exists to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research and by translating discoveries into practical products, treatments, devices and procedures. Involving patients and the public in its work is a key principle.

Every year, over 100 facilities provide annual progress reports which allow NIHR to review performance, enable decision making on future funding requirements, answer Parliamentary Questions, prepare briefings for Ministers, and respond to other requests for information. The reports also contain Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement sections. Available to the public, the aim of these is to support and promote the sharing of knowledge, learning and good practice across the NIHR and beyond.

These public annual reports for 2016/17 are now published and available here.

NIHR welcomes feedback on these reports. For example, it would be helpful to know who is reading them, whether readers find them informative and useful, and what could be done to improve them. Comments should be emailed to: