University opens new research lab

THE Welsh government’s Health and Social Services Minister Lesley Griffiths opened the second phase of the NHS Wales Informatics Research laboratories at Swansea University last week.

The laboratories support real patient benefits to the NHS in Wales and beyond through innovation in healthcare IT, centred on the patient.

They are designed to form an “NHS in a lab” – a safe, accessible research facility to study the patients’ journey through the NHS, by integrating new IT systems with existing systems in the NHS.

The first phase of the research laboratories was opened in June 2008, and has since helped improve the Welsh economy.

During her visit, the Ms Griffiths was welcomed by Swansea University’s vice chancellor Professor Richard B Davies and was given a tour the laboratories’ facilities.

Prof Davies said: “We are delighted to welcome the minister to open the expanded research laboratories.

“This event celebrates the achievement of the original facility – the first of its kind in Europe – and marks the beginning of this exciting development’s next phase, providing the leading-edge facilities needed to support a growing, multiproject portfolio based on research and innovation.”

“This will further strengthen the university’s partnerships with the NHS in Wales and with the industry, ensuring a sustainable knowledge-based economy centred on health.”

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