These are exciting times.  More than ever before, patients, the public and healthcare professionals need access to information to make informed choices and ensure high quality care.

The team at HDI understands the NHS and how it works or sometimes does not.  We are experts in finding and joining up complex healthcare data and we use this to gain insight and an understanding of how care is delivered.

We develop software tools to help present information in an accessible way and we work with a range of customers in the NHS, local government, charities and industry to help them understand and access healthcare information.

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"Making healthcare information work for people"

Interns enjoy their summer at HDI

The interns who came to spend the summer with HDI this year found their time enjoyable and worthwhile, as you can see from the video below:  

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“Index of Suspicion” has received a Cancer Research UK Pioneer Award

HDI has been awarded a Cancer Research UK Pioneer Award for research to improve the early diagnosis of cancer using machine learning and computer-based inference algorithms. We will analyse very large linked and unlinked datasets to ask:

1) Is it possible to identify patterns in medication given prior to the diagnosis of cancer and other data to derive an “index of suspicion” that a patient is at increased likelihood of developing subsequent cancer?

for different types of cancer; our suspicion is that the index may be most valuable for patients with cancers that present with vague symptoms – e.g. pancreatic, ovarian, stomach or brain cancer.
for different stages of presentation of the same cancer: for example, can we use the index to help identify common cancers at an earlier stage when they would have a better prognosis?
2) Using the index of suspicion derived in 1), can we risk-stratify patients in the unlinked prescription data to identify those who might be most at risk of developing a particular cancer?

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Our Aims

HDI is a social enterprise that has been set up to act as a trusted and reliable Information Broker. We aim to do three things:

Improve Access

Improve access to data and information to all existing and potential users, providers and commissioners of healthcare services.


Provide Valuable Resource

Help patients and the public to understand the value of their own and other healthcare data by providing guidance and interpretation that supports informed choice and access across healthcare providers.

Improve Care Pathways

Support commissioners and providers in the delivery of improved care pathways and outcomes to ensure the community receives the best care.

Get in touch

If you deal with healthcare data and have an imaginative proposal for a project or a problem to solve, then please get in touch.