HDR UK Phenotype Library

The HDR UK Phenotype Library is a comprehensive, open access resource providing the research community with information, tools and phenotyping algorithms for UK electronic health records.

Electronic Phenotyping refers to the science of measuring health characteristics of individuals – such as diagnosis with a disease – within data. This is critical work to support high-quality research to improve patient health and well-being.

The phenotype library was built on SAIL Databank’s own Concept Library tool and has been developed by a multi-institutional team from Birmingham, Dundee, Kings College London, Oxford, Swansea & UCL universities and funded by HDR UK.

The library aims to maximize the public and patient benefit of using health data by supporting faster, better-quality research as well as providing greater transparency.

The Library is interoperable with other tools and resources via an API – software that enables applications to communicate – making it part of a broader ecosystem driving the next generation of health research methods. It is currently integrated with the HDR UK Innovation Gateway, which holds extensive information about UK health data sources, including Phenoflow; a tool enabling the definitions to be executed on health data and produce results.

The Phenotype Library is available within the SAIL Gateway secure environment, so that researchers can access and immediately apply phenotype definitions to SAIL datasets, using the API as well as an R package.

For more information, visit the Phenotype Library at https://phenotypes.healthdatagateway.org.

SAIL users can access it inside the SAIL Gateway at https://conceptlibrary.sail.ukserp.ac.uk/HDRUK.

Phenotype Library team based in HDR UK Wales
  • Dan Thyer