NHS Wales Informatics Research Laboratories


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Focusing on evaluation, research and innovation, the NHS Wales Informatics Research Laboratories at Swansea University, supports the NHS in Wales and beyond through delivery of healthcare IT innovations centred on the patient.

Jointly run by NHS Wales Informatics Service and Health Informatics Research Group based in the College of Medicine at Swansea University, the Research Laboratories will help improve the economy of Wales by creating sustainable knowledge-based economy centred on the field of ehealth, through its sister centre, the eHealth Industries Innovation (ehi² Centre).

The first phase of the development at the Singleton Campus of the University was launched by the Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Care, Edwina Hart, on 19 June 2008.
The NHS Wales Informatics Research Laboratories is designed to form “NHS in a lab”, a safe and accessible research facility to study the patients’ journey through the NHS by integrating new IT systems with existing IT systems. The major function of the research laboratories is to:
• Simulate various real-world healthcare settings, so that existing healthcare information technologies can be tested and evaluated (singly and in combination) for issues such as for safety, usability and interoperability
• Provide a prototyping capacity, so that where the commercial market place cannot provide a solution to an identified need, a variety of potential solutions can be quickly created and assessed
• Conduct collaborative research and development, leading to innovation and new products and services
• Provide a training environment in a variety of traditional academic disciplines, so that they can become skilled and experienced ehealth professionals through working within the research laboratories

Building on the success of the first phase, the research laboratory has been extended and has moved into the new Institute of Life Science building two in Swansea University, and was opened by the Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Care, Lesley Griffiths, on 23 April 2012.

eHealth Industries Innovation (ehi²) Centre, Swansea University

The eHealth Industries (ehi²) Centre based in Wales' new Medical College, and linked to the largest Health Board in Wales, is undertaking world-class innovative research and evaluation in healthcare informatics, working closely with colleagues from across campus.  

Working with industry, ehi² Centre delivers a range of benefits to support ehealth companies to develop and validate innovative ehealth products and services.

NHS Wales Informatics Service

In partnership with the Welsh Government and health organisations, NWIS are at the heart of changing the way information and technology are used to support patient care.

NWIS are leading on the best use of technology, software and systems to provide healthcare professionals with the necessary tools and resources to directly improve health services for the people of Wales.

These technologies include:

My Health Online - patients can book appointments and order repeat prescriptions over the internet.
Individual Health Record – out of hours clinical staff can view a summary of the GP record
Welsh Clinical Portal – a common, secure, webpage where hospital doctors will be able to request tests and see results
Electronic referrals – GPs can refer patients to a hospital electronically

Find out more at NHS Wales Informatics Service website.