Personal Chair
Biomedical Sciences
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David Ford is Professor of Health Informatics and leads the Health Informatics Group at College of Medicine in Swansea University, Wales, UK.

David is Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre (ADRC) Wales, an £8 million investment by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of its Big Data initiative and is Deputy Director of a the Centre for Improvement in Population Health through E-records Research (CIPHER), part of the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, funded by a consortium of top UK research funders led by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

David is also Director of the eHealth Industries Innovation (ehi2) Centre, developing links between academia, the NHS, and business within the UK and internationally. He is also University Director of NHS Wales Informatics Research Laboratories, created through a collaboration between the College of Medicine, Swansea University and NHS Wales Informatics Service, the national programme for NHS IT for Wales. The Research Laboratories provide state-of-the-art facilities to design, prototype, test and evaluate innovative new information technologies for use in improving health and healthcare.

David is joint lead of the Health Information Research Unit for Wales (HIRU), which develops new ways of harnessing the potential of routinely collected information collected in health and other settings. HIRU’s main product is the SAIL Databank, an internationally recognised data linkage resource formed from a wide variety of routinely collected data from across Wales.

David is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and past Chairman and a current Director of MediWales, a membership organisation representing the medical technology sector of Wales.

David is a member of numerous committees and national bodies relating to health informatics and health-related research. He has received research grants and consultancy contracts valuing over £35m over recent years.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Informatics
  • eHealth
  • Health Services
  • Population Health
  • Data Protection and Privacy Protection
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Administrative Data

Publications

  1. Jones, K., Ford, D. Population Data Science: Advancing the safe use of population data for public benefit Epidemiology and Health 40 e2018061
  2. Jones, K., Daniels, H., Heys, S., Ford, D. Towards an ethically-founded framework for the use of mobile phone CDRs in health research International Journal of Population Data Science 3 4
  3. John, A., Lloyd, K., Ford, D., Heaven, M., Berridge, D., Kosnes, L., Gregory, J., Thayer, D. Reusable, set-based selection algorithm for matched control groups International Journal for Population Data Science 1 1
  4. Pickrell, O., Rees, M., Ford, D., Kerr, M., Lyons, R., Fonferko-Shadrach, B., Lacey, A. Obtaining structured clinical data from unstructured data using natural language processing software International Journal for Population Data Science 1 1
  5. Ghali, W., Schull, M., Ford, D. Thoughts and musings from the new International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN) Co-directors International Journal for Population Data Science 1 1
  6. Jones, K., Ford, D., Ellwood-Thompson, S., Lyons, R. The UK Secure eResearch Platform for public health research: a case study 388 S62
  7. Porter, A., Bardsley, M., Ford, D., Grenfell, J., Heaven, M., Morrison-Rees, S., Oades, J., Sewell, B., Tingay, K., Watkins, A. TIMELY SOCIAL CARE AND EMERGENCY HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS Emergency Medicine Journal 33 9 678 678
  8. Baker, D., Anandhakrishnan, A., Tuite-Dalton, K., Lockart–Jones, H., Middleton, R., Ford, D., Crowe, C., Giovannoni, G. How to refer to people with disease in research outputs: The disconnection between academic practise and that preferred by people with multiple sclerosis 10 127 133
  9. Jones, K., Ford, D., Jones, C., Dsilva, R., Thompson, S., Brooks, C., Heaven, M., Thayer, D., McNerney, C., Lyons, R. A case study of the Secure Anonymous Information Linkage (SAIL) Gateway: A privacy-protecting remote access system for health-related research and evaluation Journal of Biomedical Informatics 50 196 204
  10. Jones, K., McNerney, C., Ford, D. Involving consumers in the work of a data linkage research unit International Journal of Consumer Studies n/a n/a
  11. Reindl, M., Jones, K., Ford, D., Jones, P., John, A., Middleton, R., Lockhart-Jones, H., Peng, J., Osborne, L., Noble, J., Noble, G. How People with Multiple Sclerosis Rate Their Quality of Life: An EQ-5D Survey via the UK MS Register PLoS ONE 8 6 e65640
  12. Osborne, L., Lockhart-Jones, H., Middleton, R., Thompson, S., Maramba, I., Jones, K., Ford, D., Noble, J. Identifying and Addressing the Barriers to the Use of an Internet-Register for Multiple Sclerosis International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics 8 1 1 16
  13. Reindl, M., Jones, K., Ford, D., Jones, P., John, A., Middleton, R., Lockhart-Jones, H., Peng, J., Osborne, L., Noble, J., Noble, G. The Physical and Psychological Impact of Multiple Sclerosis Using the MSIS-29 via the Web Portal of the UK MS Register PLoS ONE 8 1 e55422
  14. Reindl, M., Jones, K., Ford, D., Jones, P., John, A., Middleton, R., Lockhart-Jones, H., Osborne, L., Noble, J., Noble, G. A Large-Scale Study of Anxiety and Depression in People with Multiple Sclerosis: A Survey via the Web Portal of the UK MS Register PLoS ONE 7 7 e41910
  15. Lyons, R., Hutchings, H., Rodgers, S., Hyatt, M., Demmler, J., Gabbe, B., Brooks, C., Brophy, S., Jones, K., Ford, D., Paranjothy, S., Fone, D., Dunstan, F., Evans, A., Kelly, M., Watkins, W., Maddocks, A., Barnes, P., James-Ellison, M., John, G., Lowe, S., Healy, M. Development and use of a privacy-protecting total population record linkage system to support observational, interventional, and policy relevant research The Lancet 380 S6
  16. Drummond, C., Coulton, S., James, D., Godfrey, C., Parrott, S., Baxter, J., Ford, D., Lervy, B., Rollnick, S., Russell, I., Peters, T., Ford, D. Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a stepped care intervention for alcohol use disorders in primary care: pilot study The British Journal of Psychiatry 195 5 448 456
  17. Rodgers, S., Lyons, R., Dsilva, R., Jones, K., Brooks, C., Ford, D., John, G., Verplancke, J., Brooks, C., Rodgers, S., Jones, K., Ford, D., Lyons, R. Residential Anonymous Linking Fields (RALFs): a novel information infrastructure to study the interaction between the environment and individuals' health Journal of Public Health 31 4 582 588
  18. Ford, D., Jones, K., Verplancke, J., Lyons, R., John, G., Brown, G., Brooks, C., Thompson, S., Bodger, O., Couch, T., Leake, K. The SAIL Databank: building a national architecture for e-health research and evaluation BMC Health Services Research 9 1 157
  19. Lyons, R., Jones, K., John, G., Brooks, C., Verplancke, J., Ford, D., Brown, G., Leake, K. The SAIL databank: linking multiple health and social care datasets BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 9 1 3
  20. Brooks, C., Lyons, R., Jones, K., Hutton, A., Walker, R., Evans, K., Lloyd, K., Ford, D. The prescribed duration algorithm: utilising ‘free text’ from multiple primary care electronic systems Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety 19 9 983 989
  21. Stephens, J., Carman, J., Brooks, C., Lyons, R., Ford, D., Price, D., Bain, S., Brooks, C., Stephens, J., Ford, D., Lyons, R. Comment on: Polonsky et al. Structured Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose Significantly Reduces A1C Levels in Poorly Controlled, Noninsulin-Treated Type 2 Diabetes: Results From the Structured Testing Program Study. Diabetes Care 2011;34:262-267 Diabetes Care 34 5 e57 e57
  22. Brooks, C., Stephens, J., Price, D., Ford, D., Lyons, R., Prior, S., Bain, S., Brooks, C., Lyons, R. Use of a patient linked data warehouse to facilitate diabetes trial recruitment from primary care Primary Care Diabetes 3 4 245 248
  23. Brooks, C., Tang, T., Ford, D., Lyons, R., Price, D., Bain, S., Stephens, J. Are blood pressure levels taken during a secondary care diabetic clinic likely to be higher than when measured in primary care? Primary Care Diabetes 3 3 193 195
  24. Ford, D., Jones, K., Middleton, R., Lockhart-Jones, H., Maramba, I., Noble, G., Osborne, L., Lyons, R. The feasibility of collecting information from people with Multiple Sclerosis for the UK MS Register via a web portal: characterising a cohort of people with MS BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 12 1 73
  25. Noble, J., Osborne, L., Jones, K., Middleton, R., Ford, D., Noble, G., Jones, K., Ford, D. Commentary on 'Disability outcome measures in multiple sclerosis clinical trials' Multiple Sclerosis Journal 18 12 1718 1720
  26. Osborne, L., Noble, J., Lockhart-Jones, H., Middleton, R., Thompson, S., Maramba, I., Jones, K., Ford, D., Noble, G. Sources of Discovery, Reasons for Registration, and Expectations of an Internet-Based Register for Multiple Sclerosis International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics 7 3 27 43
  27. Atkinson, M., Brophy, S., Siebert, S., Gravenor, M., Phillips, C., Ford, D., Jones, K., Lyons, R., Gravenor, M. Protocol for a population-based Ankylosing Spondylitis (PAS) cohort in Wales BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 11 1
  28. Osborne, L., Lockhart-Jones, H., Middleton, R., Thompson, S., Maramba, I., Jones, K., Ford, D., Noble, J., Noble, G. Identifying and Addressing the Barriers to the Use of an Internet-Register for Multiple Sclerosis International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics 8 1 16
  29. Osborne, L., Middleton, R., Jones, K., Ford, D., Noble, J., Noble, G. Desirability and expectations of the UK MS Register: Views of people with MS International Journal of Medical Informatics
  30. Osborne, L., Noble, J., Maramba, I., Jones, K., Middleton, R., Lyons, R., Ford, D., Reed, P., Noble, G. Outcome measures for multiple sclerosis Physical Therapy Reviews 19 1 24 38
  31. John, A., Dennis, M., Kosnes, L., Gunnell, D., Scourfield, J., Ford, D., Lloyd, K., Lloyd, K., Kosnes, L., Dennis, M., Ford, D., John, A. Suicide Information Database-Cymru: a protocol for a population-based, routinely collected data linkage study to explore risks and patterns of healthcare contact prior to suicide to identify opportunities for intervention BMJ Open 4 11 e006780 e006780
  32. Lloyd, K., McGregor, J., John, A., Craddock, N., Walters, J., Linden, D., Jones, I., Bentall, R., Lyons, R., Ford, D., Owen, M. A national population-based e-cohort of people with psychosis (PsyCymru) linking prospectively ascertained phenotypically rich and genetic data to routinely collected records: Overview, recruitment and linkage Schizophrenia Research 166 1-3 131 136
  33. Perkins, B., Garlick, R., Wren, J., Smart, J., Kennedy, J., Stephens, P., Tudor, G., Bisson, J., Ford, D. The Life Science Exchange: a case study of a sectoral and sub-sectoral knowledge exchange programme Health Research Policy and Systems 14 1
  34. Jones, K., Laurie, G., Stevens, L., Dobbs, C., Ford, D., Lea, N. The other side of the coin: Harm due to the non-use of health-related data 97 43 51
  35. Brooks, C., Ford, D., Jones, K. A UKSeRP for SAIL: striking a balance International Journal for Population Data Science 1 1
  36. Jones, K., Ford, D., Lyons, R. The SAIL Databank: 10 years of spearheading data privacy and research utility, 2007-2017 SAIL website
  37. McGrail, K., Jones, K., Akbari, A., Bennett, T., Boyd, A., Carinci, F., Cui, X., Denaxas, S., Dougall, N., Ford, D., Kirby, R., Kum, H., Moorin, R., Moran, R., O'Keefe, C., Preen, D., Quan, H., Sanmartin, C., Schull, M., Smith, M., Williams, C., Williamson, T., Wyper, G., Kotelchuck, M. A Position Statement on Population Data Science: International Journal for Population Data Science 3 1
  38. Rod, M., Ashley, A., Hazel, L., Jemma, J., Charlotte, O., Stella, H., Richard, G., David, F., Akbari, A., Ford, D. Clinical Validation of the UKMS Register Minimal Dataset utilising Natural Language Processing International Journal for Population Data Science 1 1
  39. Middleton, R., Rodgers, W., Chataway, J., Schmierer, K., Rog, D., Galea, I., Akbari, A., Tuite-Dalton, K., Lockhart-Jones, H., Griffiths, D., Noble, D., Jones, K., Al-Din, A., Craner, M., Evangelou, N., Harman, P., Harrower, T., Hobart, J., Husseyin, H., Kasti, M., Kipps, C., McDonnell, G., Owen, C., Pearson, O., Rashid, W., Wilson, H., Ford, D., Noble, G., Jones, K., Akbari, A., Middleton, R., Ford, D. Validating the portal population of the United Kingdom Multiple Sclerosis Register Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders 24 3 10
  40. Jones, K., Daniels, H., Heys, S., Ford, D. Challenges and Potential Opportunities of Mobile Phone Call Detail Records in Health Research: Review JMIR mHealth and uHealth 6 7 e161
  41. Jones, K., Daniels, H., Heys, S., Ford, D. Toward an Ethically Founded Framework for the Use of Mobile Phone Call Detail Records in Health Research JMIR mHealth and uHealth 7 3 e11969
  42. Jones, K., Daniels, H., Heys, S., Ford, D. Challenges and Potential Opportunities of Mobile Phone Call Detail Records in Health Research: Review (Preprint)
  43. Lyons, R., Ford, D., Jones, K., Jones, K., Ford, D. The Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) system in Wales has privacy protection at its heart BMJ 348 apr03 1 g2384 g2384
  44. Jones, K., Daniels, H., Heys, S., Ford, D. Public Views on Using Mobile Phone Call Detail Records in Health Research: Qualitative Study JMIR mHealth and uHealth 7 1 e11730

Teaching

  • PMIM301 Using Secondary Health Data

    Students will study data quality and management, secondary uses of clinical data, service improvement and clinical audit. Academic skills are developed and enhanced by an introduction to quantitative research methodologies. Students will be introduced to statistical software such as SPSS.