Our partners

The University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham (UoB) is the lead organisation for PIONEER and a founding partner. ​UoB is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, and its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 6,500 international students from nearly 150 countries. PIONEER aligns closely with the School of Computer Science, Centre for Systems Modelling & Quantitative Biomedicine, Turing and HDR-UK Fellows, utilising their expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, medical image interpretation and advanced statistics to extract hard-to access data, develop, test and validate algorithms and build our sandbox of a real, live hospital system.

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) is one of the largest NHS Trusts in England, providing direct acute services and specialist care to a Birmingham population of 1.2m, across four hospital sites, in addition to specialist regional and supra-regional services. The Trust has over two million patient visits per annum, serving the population of the West Midlands, and has the largest single site critical care unit in Europe. UHB is a Global Digital Exemplar site, and has nationally recognised strengths in design and deployment of novel digital solutions to support direct clinical care and health informatics capability.  UHB also has significant expertise in implementing regional and supra-regional health data systems as part of clinical care within a robust data governance framework.

UHB is the Data Controller for PIONEER. With a comprehensive privacy policy already in place, the Trust will host PIONEER data and ensure compliance with all the required standards associated with  processing and storing sensitive health data. It has a digitally-mature and comprehensive electronic medical record system, built in-house, and a strong track record in safely storing health data from other hospitals. The UHB data team will be linking data from multiple healthcare providers for PIONEER.

The West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

The West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust (WMAS) is the second-largest ambulance service and the first university ambulance trust in the UK.  The Trust serves a population of 5.6 million people covering an area of 13,000km2, receives 1,400,000 calls for medical care a year and is one of the few trusts to have a fully electronic care record. WMAS is a founding partner of PIONEER, and provides community to hospital care pathway data for research and innovation.

The University of Warwick

The University of Warwick (UoW) is one of the highest-ranking universities in the UK. PIONEER works closely with the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Acute Care Interfaces and Organisational Science themes, the Warwick Business School, and Health Data Science and Digital Health themes in order to help develop new care pathways and processes during acute illnesses.

Insignia Medical Systems

Insignia Medical Systems is a UK-based Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) provider with experience in next-generation medical imaging software, offering scalable solutions developed and delivered locally. Insignia currently manages billions of medical images across hundreds of hospitals, and will be instrumental in PIONEER to create a research-ready data architecture for imaging and AI analysis in the acute setting.

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