Data analytics for better health Our vision is for a future where everyone’s health and care benefits from analytics and data-driven technology.


Rapid innovation in the use of analytics and data-driven technology is having a profound impact on our society, and consequently our health and health care system.

With huge investment from big industry, the pace of change is fast. We can expect an even bigger impact as these technologies begin to be used more widely by the general public and in health care over the next few years.

The Health Foundation has a track record in using data analytics to tackle real world problems in health and social care, for tangible public benefit. We are working to create a future where everyone’s health and care benefits from these developments in analytics and data-driven technology.

As well as generating innovative new analytics work, we act as an independent and trusted voice on national policy and system design issues to do with analytics and data-driven technology. We also spread and share what we know, actively champion analytics across the sector, offer funding and support for innovative work, and create important networks, communities and partnerships.

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Improving children and young people’s mental health services

July 2022

Drawing on local, linked data sources, this briefing presents analysis from the Networked Data Lab...


Children and young people’s mental health


We explore what we know about the state of children and young people’s mental health services using...

Creating innovations in data analytics

We are innovators in the field of data analytics. Our work helps decision makers tackle the big challenges facing health and health care in the UK. 

Supporting better analytics in the health and care system

We support data analytics in health and social care to help improve the quality of care.

Informing the national conversation about data and health

We provide an independent and expert voice around analytics and data-driven technology, making sense of a rapidly evolving field.

Building data analytics partnerships

Our strategic partnerships help to ensure that everybody’s health and care benefits from analytics and data-driven technology.

Featured partnerships


Improvement Analytics Unit (IAU)


An innovative partnership between NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Health Foundation...


The Networked Data Lab


A collaborative network of analytical teams across the UK working together using linked datasets on...

Data governance


How we use patient data


As part of our work, we apply for and are granted access to data about patients and their...

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