Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics

Mission statement


The organisations that form the National Health Service plus the ones that provide social care form a multi-billion pound business sector that impacts on the lives of every single person in the UK. Consequently, any developments in technology that can make the work of these organisations more efficient are to be encouraged.

Our broad aim is to bring our information systems and computer science expertise to bear to make easier some of the day-to-day jobs involved in healthcare delivery and administration. To achieve this we:

  • establish and maintain links with healthcare and social care professionals to keep abreast of their problems and needs;
  • conduct research to investigate new solutions to relevant problems;
  • provide knowledge transfer services to organisations and individuals in the health and social care sector that wish to adopt information, communication and sensing technologies.

Services and expertise

We are currently able to offer the following services:

  • conducting short and long-term research projects;
  • conducting feasibility studies;
  • evaluation of health informatics applications and related technologies;
  • developing and/or evaluating prototype applications;
  • providing advice and assistance in the commissioning or installation of systems or software from commercial suppliers;
  • delivering IT training tailored to the specific needs of the organisation.

The Centre specialises in the following areas:

  • telecare / telemedicine / e-health:
    • telecare system development
    • assisted living sensors
    • sensor data analysis
    • UK Telemedicine and E-health Information Service (on behalf of the NHS)
    • telemedicine and the elderly
    • system requirements for telemedicine implementation
    • telemedicine diffusion
  • modelling the outcomes of clinical processes:
    • analytical techniques
    • developing new models
    • testing existing models with new data
    • the integration of models into systems
    • the adoption of systems in clinical practice
  • user-interface design for clinical systems
  • security and confidentiality issues
  • healthcare in relation to the following technologies:
    • computer networks in general and the Internet in particular
    • systems analysis
    • information systems design
    • distributed systems
    • multimedia systems
    • intelligent systems
    • computer-aided learning applications
    • user interfaces and their evaluation

Other collaborative links

As well as the services described above, the group is always seeking ways to strengthen our links with local organisations. These links can take several forms, including:

  • industrial placements for students on our sandwich degree courses;
  • projects for final-year undergraduates and for students on our MSc courses;
  • collaborative PhD programmes;
  • short courses tailored to the needs of the organisation;
  • consultancy work.


For further details contact Dr Jim Briggs, Tel +44 23 9284 6438 Email: jim.briggs@port.ac.uk