Following the Data
Thursday, 01 October 2020
From 1900 to 2100
FOLLOWING THE DATA: A FOCUS ON THE ROLE OF ‘LOCAL’ IN HOW DATA CAN HELP TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND CARE
Professor Corri Black, Professor of Public Health, Director of Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science, University of Aberdeen
The role of data in how governments understand and respond to health events has been at the very forefront of the COVID 19 response. Through the COVID 19 lens, we will explore the role of data in health care, the importance of local data and the challenges of ‘data driven’ health policy, planning and delivery.
Corri Black is Professor of Public Health, Director of the Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science at the University of Aberdeen and a consultant in Public Health for NHS Grampian. She is the clinical lead for the Grampian Data Safe Haven, a secure facility for researchers working with health and care data.
Corri trained in medicine at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 1996, and worked in hospital medicine before undertaking an epidemiology research fellowship at the University of Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Programme, USA. She moved to Aberdeen in 2002 to train in Public Health Medicine, becoming a Senior Lecturer and Consultant in 2007. Her research focuses on understanding complexity in health and care in long term conditions and across the life course using administrative ‘real world’ health and care data.
She established the Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science in 2018, to bring together expertise in health sciences, bioimaging and computing science, working together with NHS colleagues to harness the benefits of administrative health and care records to improve health and care. The Centre hosts the north hub of the Scottish Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research in Digital Diagnostics (iCAIRD) and one of 5 UK centres that make up the Health Foundation Networked Data Lab.
Since the start of COVID 19, Corri has returned full time to work with NHS Grampian using local data to support the response and planning both locally and nationally.