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:


Healtex is funded as part of the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges theme.