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SCRIS: An update on the Scottish Cancer Registration and Intelligence Service

Public Health Scotland webinar, SCRIS: How data is helping support improved cancer care services in Scotland’, took place on the 18 January 2021 and featured presentations from speakers involved in the implementation, delivery and use of the SCRIS project. Full details on the PHS website. Watch the presentations again: Professor Aileen Keel CBE – SCRIS: […]

The Edinburgh DataLoch is making health data available for research

DataLoch is a repository of linked health and social care administrative data sets from Edinburgh and the South East of Scotland. Edinburgh Cancer Informatics is working closely with the DataLoch team to make cancer data accross the region available for research. Read a good summary the DataLoch on the eCRUSADers blog https://ecrusad.co.uk/2020/12/03/dataloch/#q1

Healthcare cost trajectories during the last year of life

A national population administrative secondary care data linkage study People who are nearing the end of life are high users of hospital services. The absolute cost to providers and its value  is uncertain. There is a need to identify which groups of people spend a lot of time in hospital so that care can be […]

NHS PREDICT – R Package

PhD student in Health Economics and Cancer Data Science Giovanni Tramonti has produced an implementation of the NHS Predict decision tool for batch processing. Available on the R CRAN. https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/nhs.predict/index.html

A natural experiment using Real World Data

Estimating the effectiveness of chemotherapy in breast cancer Half of breast cancers are in women over the age of 65, but the average age in trials is closer to 50 and only very fit and healthy women are typically eligible for trials. It is unknown if chemotherapy benefits seen in clinical trials are the same […]

Cancer PROMs pilot project with My Clinical Outcomes

SCAN, the South East Scotland Cancer Network, has been awarded funding from the Cancer Innovation Challenge to trial an implementation of a regional platform for PROMs and PREMs in cancer care in South East Scotland. SCAN will be working with CIC Phase 2‘s My Clinical Outcomes. The project kick off meeting took place on 5 August 2019 and […]

Treatment sequencing in metastatic breast cancer

Edinburgh Cancer Centre Oncology Specialty Registrar Ashley Horne @AshHorne1983 used data visualisation to demonstrate the power of Scottish prescribing data for complex treatment sequencing in metastatic breast cancer at the 2019 European Society of Medical Oncology annual conference.  Full poster:   ESMO_2019_Optimized

What is cancer informatics?

Information technology plays a key role in fighting cancer through a growing field called cancer informatics. Cancer informatics is where information science, computer science and health care intersect. It’s about acquiring, storing and using information about cancer most thoroughly and efficiently. Its tools include computers, clinical guidelines, and information and communication systems. It uses information […]

The Edinburgh Cancer Informatics Programme

We are using data to help patients at front line of NHS cancer care The Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre and the Edinburgh Cancer Centre are working together to use data and information systems in new ways. The Edinburgh Cancer Centre provides comprehensive cancer care for the South East Scotland Cancer Network, serving patients within the 4 regional Health Boards – NHS Lothian, NHS […]

South East Scotland Cancer Database launch

The South and East Scotland Cancer Database (SESCD) launched on its new SQL Server platform in November 2019. As a significant step forward from our old Microsoft Access database, the new database, hosted by NHS Lothian eHealth, now provides a capable basis for wide ranging uses of cancer data, from simple clinical audit to advanced […]

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