• Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Research and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • A former GP with 15 years’ public health research experience focused on quality improvement
  • Fellowship project will examine how the NHS can benefit from analysing Electronic Patient Record (EPR) data
  • 2016 Improvement Science Fellow

Helen Hogan studied medicine at the University of London (Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School) and went on to become a GP and Teaching Fellow in General Practice at Imperial College School of Medicine. Her interest in health service quality improvement prompted a career shift into public health and, after specialty training in Public Health in the NHS, she joined the Health Services Research and Policy Department at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she is now an Associate Professor.

For the past 15 years, Helen has undertaken high-quality, multi-method health services research with a focus on quality improvement. She has advised on national and international health policy and standards of care, and developed expert understanding of both the measurement and causes of severe avoidable harm in hospitals.

Helen is currently leading an investigation into the underlying reasons for variation in how hospitals across England identify and respond to patient deterioration, a leading cause of avoidable harm in acute care: ‘This work will map current services and determine which configurations lead to best patient outcomes’.

Helen’s project

During her Improvement Science Fellowship, Helen will investigate the potential of the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) to improve the quality and safety of health care:

‘This study will examine the potential for the NHS to benefit from analysis of EPR data. Investigations will be conducted in three NHS hospitals with established EPR and set within emerging new models of integrated care, to better understand the enablers and barriers to maximising learning and improvement from EPR data.’

Based on these findings, Helen will develop and evaluate an intervention that promotes more sophisticated use of EPR data in the NHS.