About the Data

DataLoch brings together routine data collected as part of people’s day-to-day interactions with health and social care services. These data include the services used, details of visits to hospitals or GPs, treatments, medicines prescribed, as well as outcomes and test results.

These data enable researchers to answer important questions about how the wellbeing of people could be improved. There are many examples of how health data research has delivered insights to help solve challenging health problems, including diagnosing rare diseases, improving the performance and equity of care, identifying diseases early, and assessing the effectiveness of health service.

About the Data

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Data Security

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DataLoch brings together routine data collected as part of people’s day-to-day interactions with health and social care services. NHS Lothian is the lead Data Controller of all data hosted by DataLoch. Protecting the individual identities of all those in the data is the DataLoch team’s most important priority.

Data Security

How to Apply

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The DataLoch team is currently accepting applications from academics and health and social care professionals within the South-East Scotland region. Any person wishing to access any of the datasets hosted by DataLoch will need to meet a number of key governance criteria to ensure their purpose and interest is both legitimate and appropriate.

How to Apply

How to Access

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Once approved, researchers will access data for their project through the secure Scottish National Safe Haven facility managed by the eDRIS team within Public Health Scotland, hosted by the EPCC at the University of Edinburgh. Researchers can access statistical and analytical tools within the environment such as RStudio. The secure platform puts virtual walls around data so that researchers can only access data for which they have been approved.

How to Access