Kathrin Cresswell

Chief Scientist Office Chancellor’s Fellow | Director of Innovation

  • Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics
  • College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Contact details

Address

Street

Usher Institute – University of Edinburgh (primary)
Old Medical School
Teviot Place

City
Edinburgh
Post code
EH8 9AG
Street

Usher Institute – University of Edinburgh (secondary)
NINE
9 Little France Road
Edinburgh BioQuarter

City
Edinburgh
Post code
EH16 4UX

Background

Kathrin Cresswell is a health psychologist and experienced social scientist who has worked in the field of clinical informatics for over a decade. She has published around 80 scientific papers in this area in international peer-reviewed journals. During her career, she has collaborated with international leaders on a number of large projects and consulted for the World Health Organization and Harvard Medical School. She is currently holding a prestigious Fellowship from the Scottish Government and a Chancellor’s Fellowship from the University of Edinburgh to investigate future strategic directions in health information technology.

Qualifications

BSc Psychology

MSc Health Psychology

PhD Medical Informatics

Responsibilities & affiliations

Member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland

Recipient of the 2011 Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding New Researcher

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Areas of interest for supervision

Kathrin is co-investigator on the NHS Digital Academy and is happy to take on PhD students in the area of health information technology innovation. 

Research summary

Kathrin's core research interests are: health information technology, evaluation, sociotechnical, qualitative methods, healthcare innovation and information systems.

Knowledge exchange

Kathrin's research findings have been shared with policy makers to assist in policy decision making. Her work has also been instrumental to the development of an ePrescribing Toolkit that is now used widely by the NHS.

Affiliated research centres

Project activity

Kathrin has been involved in a range of national evaluations of large health information technology programmes including electronic health records and ePrescribing systems.

Current project grants

Role: Co-investigator

  • 2013-2014:  Chief Scientist Office: Developing a UK taxonomy and framework for facilitating health policy deliberations on maximising secondary uses of healthcare data: a mixed methods study. £118,000 (PI: Aziz Sheikh, Edinburgh)
  • 2016-2017:  Digital Health Institute. Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Project (AQuA). £44,000 (PI: Daniel Turner)
  • 2017:  Chief Scientist Office: Identifying strategies to overcome critical roadblocks towards provisioning of near-real time healthcare and administrative data to create a learning health system for asthma in Scotland. £20,000 (PI: Aziz Sheikh, Edinburgh)
  • 2017-2022: National Institute for Health Research. NIHR Global Respiratory Health (RESPIRE) Unit. £7M (PI: Aziz Sheikh, Edinburgh)
  • 2017-2021: NHS England. Digital Health Academy. £6M (PI: Ara Darzi, Imperial)

Principal Investigator

  • 2015-2018:  Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Post-doctoral Fellowship: Envisioning the next generation of integrated health and care information technology infrastructure: an interdisciplinary investigation of stakeholder perspectives, technological feasibility, and implications for policy. £172,645

Past project grants

  • 2008-2011: NHS Connecting for Health Evaluation Programme: An evaluation of the adoption of the NHS Care Record in secondary care. £1.8M (PI: Aziz Sheikh, Edinburgh)
  • 2008-2011: NHS Connecting for Health Evaluation Programme: An evaluation of the effect of IT on interactions between healthcare workers and patients. £0.45M (PI: Hilary Pinnock, Edinburgh)
  • 2013-2014: Chief Scientist Office: Developing a UK taxonomy and framework for facilitating health policy deliberations on maximising secondary uses of healthcare data: a mixed methods study. £118,000 (PI: Aziz Sheikh, Edinburgh)
  • 2014-2015: Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation: Electronic medicines management systems in NHS Scotland. £10,000
  • 2011-2016: NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research: Investigating the implementation, adoption and effectiveness of ePrescribing systems in English hospitals: a mixed methods national evaluation. £2M (PI: Aziz Sheikh, Edinburgh)

View all 93 publications on Research Explorer

Organiser

Kathrin has been involved in the organisation of a number of international conferences, among them:

  • ePrescribing: Looking to the future - From implementation and adoption to organisational transformation and patient benefit.
    • 24th February 2016, Royal College of General Practitioners, London
  • ePrescribing for NHS hospitals: Maximising the opportunities now and in the future.
    • 27th October 2014. One Great George Street, London
  • Deriving value from hospital electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems to improve safe, effective & person centred care: A Symposium for the health service.
    • 17th June 2013, The Royal Society, London
  • ePrescribing: Everything you want to know but were afraid to ask! A symposium for the health service.
    • 27th March 2012, Birmingham International Conference Centre