About the data intro
DataLoch brings together routinely collected health care data from primary and secondary care in the Lothian region covering a population of 900,000 people. These data enable researchers to answer important questions about how the wellbeing of people could be improved, and support service-management decisions within the NHS.
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 services. Data extracts approved for researcher access are minimised, which means we provide no more data than the minimum needed to fulfil the specific approved application.
Preparing the data
DataLoch works with data in several ways, including:
- collaborating with clinicians to improve the data quality;
- linking datasets to enable broad insights;
- translating data into common standard definitions; and
- maintaining a high-quality metadata catalogue with the support of NHS expertise.
Accessing the data we host
The below datasets are linkage ready. If you don’t see the data for your research here, please contact us to either request access to our complete Metadata Catalogue or to start a discussion about bringing the relevant data together to support your proposal development.