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New digital technologies allow huge quantities of data on health exposures and outcomes to be captured, stored and analysed using advanced statistical techniques. Big data methodology provides the potential to dramatically increase the scale and efficiency of epidemiological studies and randomised trials.

The MRC Population Health Research Unit’s cross cutting theme ‘Big Data and Statistical Approaches to Epidemiological Studies’ is supported by a computing team in the Big Data Institute which develops and maintains systems to enhance the quality of data collection and storage, study coordination, analysis and laboratory management. These systems are sufficiently adaptable to provide a platform for future work.

Our bespoke systems comply with relevant security and data privacy policies and regulations including EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, and US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 1996. They also meet standards for clinical trial systems where appropriate including US Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 21 Part 11 “Electronic Records and Signatures” and EU Clinical Trials Directive.

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