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Dr Nathan Lea
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Institute of Health Informatics
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Nathan received a BA (Hons) in Classics from The Department of Greek and Latin, UCL in 2001. He has worked in the area of IT in healthcare since 1998. In 2002 he enrolled on an MSc Conversion Course with the Department of Computer Science, UCL to formalise his knowledge of computing. During this course, he applied my working and research experience to the study of Health Informatics by completing a dissertation with the EHR group at CHIME. After working in the private software development sector, he joined the EHR group at CHIME as a Research Fellow.

Nathan's PhD work evaluated the effects of using knowledge management to represent policy based controls on participants' behaviour when handling healthcare information for clinical research. Outputs included the invention of the knowledge model called the Secutype and a policy tool to guide researchers on how to handle healthcare records in accordance with security policies.

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Research Summary

Nathan is a Senior Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Health Informatics (IHI) working on projects in clinical care and research. His research focus is on the role of information systems in supporting healthcare delivery and empowering patients.

Nathan has a particular interest in the role Information Governance and wider regulatory oversight in the use of genetic, health and social care records in clinical research, particularly with the advent of omics, machine learning and artificial intelligence to drive innovation and improve care.  His work includes understanding of the role of the General Data Protection Regulation and forthcoming Clinical Trials Regulation to enable safer, more robust and effective software and interventions.

Nathan has co-developed and deployed clinical information systems used at Whittington Health for Cardiovascular care and Dementia registries in partnership with the West London Mental Health Trust and UCL’s Dementia Research Centre. He is the chair of the IHI Ethics Committee and is a member of the IHI Athena SWAN Self Assessment Group, UCL GDPR Preparedness Board, Consultative Committee and Security Working Group.

Teaching Summary

Nathan teaches on the Information Law and Governance In Clinical Practice and eHealth modules of the IHI’s Health Informatics MSc and courses in UCL’s MBBS. 

Academic Background
2001   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University College London
    Incomplete CV To be updated
    Master of Science University College London
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