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Yorkshire and Humber region unites to improve cancer care with new data hub

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network has announced that the region has been awarded £4.5 million to develop a new national data hub, which aims to transform how cancer data from across the UK can be used to improve patient care.

DATA-CAN, the Health Data Research UK Hub for Cancer, is funded by the Health Data Research UK, which also funds six other hubs as part of a four-year investment from the Government Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), led by UK Research and Innovation. The initiative was created to develop a UK-wide system for the safe and responsible use of health data on a large scale.

The funding institutions are UCL Partners, Queen’s University Belfast representing Northern Ireland and Wales, the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Genomics England and IQVIA.

Collaborators from Yorkshire and Humber include the University of Leeds, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, the Yorkshire and Humber Local Health Care Record and Yorkshire & Humber AHSN.

Dr Neville Young, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s Director of Enterprise and Innovation, said: “This is another great digital health asset for the Yorkshire and Humber region that sits alongside the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record (YHCR) and the Northern Pathology Imaging Cooperative (NPIC).”

One in two people will get cancer during their lifetime. Every year, almost 400,000 new cases are diagnosed in the UK, costing the NHS £7 billion annually.

DATA-CAN aims to transform how cancer data from across the UK can be used to diagnose the disease earlier and enable people to access innovative treatments, which could potentially save lives of 30,000 patients a year.

To read more about this project, please visit: https://www.yhahsn.org.uk/improving-cancer-care-through-new-data-hub/.

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