January 2015: Acute care toolkit 11: Using data to improve care has been published, aiming to help physicians to draw together the information that is necessary to understand the quality of care provided by their team, and to work to improve it.

–October 2014: The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and British Society for Gastroenterology (BSG) are pleased to announce the joint appointment of Professor Jonathan Brown to the role of informatics lead for gastroenterology in the Health Informatics Unit (HIU) at the RCP. Read more about this appointment.


The Health Informatics Unit’s (HIU) aim is to contribute to safe, high-quality patient care by driving, leading, and enabling greater use of new technologies to support information and communication in care provision.

Appropriate information and communication technologies can deliver increased productivity and efficiency for professions, while maintaining safe, high-quality patient care, in the light of increasing demands and constraints on manpower, resources and funding.

The HIU does this by promoting and developing health informatics skills and leadership for clinicians and by producing evidence- and consensus-based standards for electronic healthcare records and communications.

The HIU works with, and for, patients, clinicians, managers, policy-makers, and key opinion leaders in health and social care.

We are keen to inform and involve as many people as possible in our work programme and want to ensure that our work is appropriate across different professions, specialties and patients and carers.

To help us to do this we would like you to register your interests using this HIU registration form .

For further information about the HIU projects completed and underway please visit our HIU Projects page

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Contact details

Health Informatics Unit
Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
Regent's Park
London NW1 4LE

Tel: +44 (0)20 3075 1578