University of Warwick

University of Warwick (WARWICK) is one of the UK's leading research led universities, ranking 7th overall in the UK in the last Research Assessment Exercise, where 87% of its research was classed a world leading or internationally excellent. Warwick is also a member of the Russell Group of universities, committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector for its 23,872 students.


Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) is an academic department at the University of Warwick, providing research, education and knowledge transfer in engineering, manufacturing and technology. Founded in 1980, WMG’s mission has been to improve the competitiveness of organisations around the world through the application of value adding innovation, new technologies and skills deployment, bringing academic rigour to industrial and organisational practice. WMG currently consists of five dedicated buildings on the University of Warwick campus near Coventry, and hosts the Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH).


IDH is a partnership between the NHS, WMG and Warwick Medical School, which aims to improve people's health and wellbeing through the development, evaluation and use of innovative digital technologies and services. Its objective is to improve the quality, safety, accessibility and productivity of healthcare by supporting the implementation of digital solutions for the public, patients and professionals, underpinned by rigorous, multi-disciplinary research, development and evaluation. WMG has an established track record of both coordination and participation in a number of EU grants, including being currently a partner on the TRANSFoRm project, submitted under ICT-2009.5.2 ICT for Patient Safety. TRANSFoRm was a five year project, which aims to develop the technology that facilitates a learning healthcare system.
WMG, through IDH, is the key technical partner in TRANSFoRm, delivering syntactic and semantic interoperability solutions for the work.

Project Role

WARWICK is the co-ordinating partner, leading WP1 “Project Management” (with Task Leadership of tasks 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3), Work Package Leader of WP3 “Design of C3-Cloud System Architecture” (with Task Leadership of tasks 3.3 and 3.4); Task Leader of tasks 6.1 “Technical Interoperability Platform”, 7.2 “Clinical Decision Support Modules for Personalised Care Plan Development and Execution” and 8.3 "Deployment and Operation of C3-Cloud Pilot Application”.

Related Expertise

IDH and WMG have received research funding from national (UK), European and international governmental funding agencies, charities and industry. IDH have relevant expertise and long-standing international research track record in the areas of clinical information systems for decision support, electronic healthcare records, biomedical terminology/vocabulary services and interoperability, biomedical ontologies, communication technologies in healthcare and e-trials applications, technology enhanced evidence-based medicine applications. IDH is an active partner of the NHS-funded West Midlands Academic Health Sciences Network (WM AHSN) in the UK. IDH researchers have been involved in UK (BSI) and EU (CEN) standardisation work in the fields of biomedical imaging and informatics.

Team members

Prof Theodoros N. Arvanitis is the Chair of e-Health Innovation and Head of Research at IDH and leads the Biomedical Informatics, Imaging and Healthcare Technologies research group at WMG, University of Warwick. He has a long standing academic and systems engineering expertise in the areas of biomedical imaging, health informatics and complex adaptive systems, including standards related work for CEN (imaging and health informatics). He is the Project Coordinator and Scientific and Technical Manager, PMB member, WP1 Lead and Lead for Task 1.1, Task 1.2 and Task 7.2.

Dr Sarah N. Lim Choi Keung is a Research Fellow in Health Informatics at IDH. She works on several research projects in the area of health informatics, particularly looking into semantic interoperability challenges in the health domain, the participatory requirements gathering process for stakeholders in clinical information systems, and the standardisation in health informatics. Sarah has experience of assessing technological solutions and considering requirements and needs of a range of stakeholders, in clinical, research and the public. She is the Project Manager and part of the Project Coordinating Team; WP10 Lead, member of WP1, WP3 and WP7.

Eur Ing Dr George Despotou is an Assistant Professor of Health Informatics and Healthcare Safety, at IDH. George is a chartered computer systems engineer, with interests in analysis, architecture and assurance of large, high quality and high criticality (including safety and security critical) computer systems, as well as model-driven engineering, and innovative IT-enabled healthcare services. George is WP3 Lead.

Lei Zhao is a Software Engineer at IDH. Lei is a seasoned software engineer with over 10 years experience in software product design and development. With a passion for cutting edge technology and innovation, he has built scalable enterprise solutions and led technical teams in many ICT projects in the area of heath informatics, distributed computing, data analytics, and security. He has particular interests in algorithmics, AI, big data, and agile management. Lei is Lead for Task 3.3, Task 6.1, Task 8.3 and member of WP3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.