Richard Williams is a senior software engineer and research fellow in the Centre for Health Informatics. He has led the development and implementation of several award winning web applications for reducing patient harm, and is currently working on a PhD on the translation of routinely collected health data into actionable information for clinicians via real time dashboards. His role is to lead a team of software engineers to deliver the applications listed below. Richard is currently funded by GM PSTRC - a 5 year project to improve patient safety within primary care.
Current and past projects
SMASH - analyses patient records to find patients at risk of hazardous prescribing. After a successful trial in Salford this is to be rolled out across Greater Manchester
PINGR - analyses patient records to find patients with opportunities to improve their care. As with SMASH, currently being trialled in Salford ahead of a wider roll out
STELAR - a project to pull together data from 5 birth cohorts around the UK to investigate the development of asthma and allergies
- COCPIT - software for performing detailed care pathway analysis for researchers and health professionals
The majority of Richard's research centres on the electronic health records of patients in primary care. This involves investigating which tools and techniques are required to ensure that research performed on healthcare data, which was not collected primarily for that purpose, is robust and reproducible. Of particular interest is how researchers create their sets of clinical codes for interrogating the EHR. To this end, Richard has developed the web application GetSet to help researchers create, validate, enhance and share their code sets.
Richard's other interest is how the information captured in an EHR can be effectively fed back to clinicians in a way that leads to positive changes for patient benefit. The web applications SMASH and PINGR are designed and developed in an iterative fashion to help research what behaviours, both technological and social, affect the uptake of such systems.
PGDip Business and Management Studies, University of Durham
BA (Hons) Mathematics, University of Cambridge