Our Purpose

What is DataLoch’s purpose?

DataLoch believes that putting data at the centre of responses to health and care system challenges is critical to improving services through research, innovation and planning.

Our approach will lead to better decision making, research, and support for colleagues on the front line. We will do this by:

  • bringing together health and social care data for the South- East Scotland region;
  • working with experts in health and social care to understand and improve this data; and
  • providing safe access to data for researchers.

What challenges will DataLoch help solve?

In common with the rest of the UK, the South-East Scotland region is facing a number of major health and social care challenges. These include: an ageing population; increasing numbers of people living with long-term and often multiple conditions; delays in hospital discharge; and ever-increasing costs of medicines. Meeting such challenges requires new innovative solutions.

Bringing together key health and social care data will allow a holistic data-driven approach to the prevention and treatment of different conditions, as well as the provision of health and social care services more broadly.

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"Insights from routinely collected data can play a crucial role in improving the health of people in the South-East Scotland region. This requires secure, timely access to high-quality, linked health and social care data, and support from the latest analytical approaches and technologies. In providing these tools, DataLoch will support existing services, new research, and innovation to improve public health and create a better health and social care system."

Professor Nick Mills, Head of DataLoch, Consultant Cardiologist & Chair of Cardiology at the University of Edinburgh (meet Nick on the Meet the Team page)


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Who are the partners involved in DataLoch?

DataLoch is the first health and social care project funded under a ten-year Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) programme. Find out more through the DDI programme website.  

The regional partners within the DDI programme include the six local authorities of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, West Lothian, Fife and the Scottish Borders, the University of Edinburgh, as well as the region’s NHS health boards of Fife, Borders and Lothian. 

How are the public involved in DataLoch?

DataLoch is accountable to the public in the way we find, house and use data. People from the local region form our Public Reference Group, which provides important insights and advice on research applications we receive in terms of their potential positive impact on wider society.

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Where is DataLoch in its development?

DataLoch is in the early stages of development. Since its establishment, in spring 2020, DataLoch’s focus has been on supporting the region’s response to COVID-19. We are now accepting applications outwith COVID-19 from academics and health and social care professionals within the South-East Scotland region with a further expansion of the service by summer 2022.

How to Apply

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