Safe Haven Workshop

A workshop on Developing a Safe Haven took place on 13th April 2012 at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel Glasgow.
The aim was to foster synergy and share practice in the creation of safe havens.

Professor Andrew Morris, Principal Investigator of SHIP, opened the meeting highlighting how safe havens can increase Scotland's international competitiveness.
He counciled against being overly prescriptive and stressing instead the importance of supporting innovation.

Technical Infrastructure and modes of access:
Marion Flood, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde slides
Janet Hanley, NHS Lothian (no slides)
Alison Bell, Health Informatics Centre, Dundee slides
Professor Phil Hannaford, University of Aberdeen slides

Simon Chapple, Aridhia Informatics Cancer Informatics Safe Haven slides
Anthea Springbett, NHS Information Services Division Interactions between national and local safe havens slides
Sara Grainger, Scottish Government A Scotland-wide Data Linkage Framework for Statistics and Research slides
Janet Hanley, NHS Lothian Approvals Process

Case studies:
Chris Dibben, University of St Andrews Scottish Longitudinal Study – from question to answer
Roma Armstrong and Marion Flood, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Stratified Medicine slides
Professor Peter Helms, University of Aberdeen Key lessons from CHIMES slides
Colin McCowan, University of Dundee The user experience slides
Professor Ian Ford, Robertson Centre, Glasgow EHR4CR

The concluding discussion expanded the horizon to data linkages that go beyond health.
It was suggested that pathfinder projects could be used to map the way forward in cross sectoral linkages.
There was consensus that there should be a single inventory of data and common systems for approving researchers and projects as well as project management. The new Health Information Research Advisory Group which will report to the eHealth Strategy Board was introduced as a possible forum for collaboration.