Unlocking evidence contained in healthcare text


The UK healthcare text analytics network is a multi-disciplinary research network that aims to facilitate the use of healthcare free-text (clinical notes, letters, social media post, literature) in research and clinical practice. We are focused on:

  • Identification of unmet needs and research challenges in healthcare text analytics,
  • Exploration of the barriers to effectively utilising healthcare narrative text data,
  • Designing the principles for sharing text data and text analytics methods between academia, NHS and industry.



The network brings together experts in several areas of engineering and healthcare, from a number of universities, NHS organisations, regulatory bodies and industry. This article summarises our objectives, and below you can find an animation explaining the aims of our network:



Use of free-text clinical data in healthcare and research by Jaya Chaturvedi


Healtex was initially funded as part of the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges theme, and is now supported by HDR UK.