Usher Institute

Medical Informatics

We focus on the interdisciplinary study of designing, developing and using information technology solutions in healthcare.

Leadership and people

The Centre for Medical Informatics (CMI) is led by Head of Centre Professor Ewen Harrison.

Full list of Centre for Medical Informatics staff

Projects and programmes

Current key projects and programmes from across the Centre for Medical Informatics include:

COVID-19 in Pregnancy in Scotland (COPS)

The COVID-19 in Pregnancy in Scotland (COPS) study aims to find out how COVID-19 infection during pregnancy affects mothers and babies.

The impact of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy, children and young people, and vulnerable groups (DaC-VaP-2)

This project works to use UK-wide data to study the uptake, safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.


Tracking the COVID-19 pandemic as it happens across Scotland.

Rapid Outcomes of COVID therapeutics in Eave II (ROCOVE)

Investigating the uptake, safety, and effectiveness of monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19, using EAVE II linked data, working with Public Health Scotland (PHS).


Development and evaluation of a complex ePrescribing-based Antimicrobial Stewardship (ePAMS+) intervention for hospitals.

Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme (IHDP)

IHDP seeks to fundamentally change the way data and analytics are used to drive improvement in health outcomes, by fostering new relationships between the NHS, industry, academia, and the third sector.

Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research (Director: Aziz Sheikh)

An exciting venture between Asthma and Lung UK, leading asthma researchers from universities across the UK, people affected by asthma, NHS partners and other organisations. The Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research launched in 2014 with the aim of improving care and treatment for people with asthma.

Directors: Professor Aziz Sheikh (University of Edinburgh) and Professor Chris Griffiths (QMUL)

Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research website

BREATHE - Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health (Director: Aziz Sheikh)

BREATHE is one of seven Health Data Research Hubs set up across the UK. Coordinated by Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), the Hubs are part of a four-year £37.5million investment from UK Research and Innovation's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, to enable the safe and responsible use of health-related data at scale for research and innovation.

BREATHE website

ePrescribing Optimisation in Hospitals (lead: Aziz Sheikh)

This project aims to develop policy relevant insights into how best to achieve systems optimisation of NHS hospital electronic prescribing (ePrescribing ) systems in order to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of medicines management processes.

Generation Scotland (lead: David Porteous)

Generation Scotland is a population and family based study of genetic and environmental health determinants, richly annotated with personal, genetic and e-HR data, all available for collaborative research. 

Generation Scotland website

GlobalSurg (University of Edinburgh lead: Ewen Harrison)

GlobalSurg and the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery are working together to improve surgical outcomes for patients around the world. The NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery is a consortium between UK Universities of Birmingham, Edinburgh & Warwick together with international partners at hubs and centres around the world.

GlobalSurg website

Surgical Informatics Research Group website

HDR UK Scotland (Director: Dave Robertson (College of Science and Engineering)

Health Data Research UK is a collaboration of 22 universities and research institutes, clustered into six regions, or sites.  Each research sites brings world-class expertise and a track record in using health data securely to derive new knowledge and scientific discovery.  They bring together world-leading health data scientists to deliver our mission of uniting the UK’s health data to make discoveries that improve people’s lives.

Health Data Research UK website

MyDiabetesMyWay (lead: Debbie Wake)

The NHS Scotland interactive diabetes website to help support people who have diabetes and their family and friends.

MyDiabetesMyWay website

Parkinson's Voice Initiative (lead: Thanasis Tsanas)

A project which collected the largest speech-Parkinson’s voice database, having 19,000+ phonations from 7 countries in the world

Telescot Programme

A programme of academic research investigating telemetric supported self monitoring of long term health conditions. Telescot is a collaboration between a number of public, private and voluntary sector organisations supporting the development of innovative healthcare in Scotland, UK.

Telescot Programme website

Edinburgh Research Explorer

 Find details of research activities across the Centre for Medical Informatics in the Edinburgh Research Explorer