Barriers and facilitators to linking and sharing routine health data for research

Research using de-identified health data, generated from electronic health records, prescription records and laboratory public health surveillance systems for example, has great potential to benefit society. In England, our wealth of routine health data sources can help us to understand causes of disease, monitor disease trends, assess the effectiveness of treatments and screening program...

Sequencing the nation: Iceland’s genomic profile

Researchers from deCODE Genetics in Iceland have constructed a detailed picture of the country’s genomic profile, described in four linked papers published in Nature Genetics. In the main study, scientists used whole genome sequence data from 2,636 Icelanders combined with detailed genealogy and information from medical records to impute the DNA sequences of over 100,000 individuals – ...

Genomics as a game-changer in public health

Is there a tension between public health and genomics? In a recent article published in Public Health Today Dr Hilary Burton, Director of the PHG Foundation, argues that integrating genomic science into health systems is essential to provide effective, efficient and high quality care in the 21st century.