A Brief Introduction to PEACH

A Platform for Enhanced Analytics and Computational Healthcare? Let me tell you a bit about it.

What exactly is PEACH?
PEACH is a unique collaboration between the Computer Sciences Department at University College London (UCL) and University College London Hospitals (UCLH), investigating the overlap of traditional healthcare, IT and data sciences. The founders are Dr. Dean Mohamedally from UCL and Dr. Navin Ramachandran from UCLH.

Our projects aim to tackle problems in different areas of Healthcare IT, ranging from information modelling systems, through realtime analytics, workflow management and user interfaces.

Why did we choose that name?
Well it makes for a good acronym, which is a fine start. The name is also wide-reaching in its scope, which matches our own ambitions.

What are we currently working on?
We will hopefully tell you a lot more about the projects in the coming weeks. But as an overview, we currently have 27 students and their overseeing teaching assistants, working on:

  • An open source medical data store, compliant with the openEHR specification.
  • A design guide and UI library based on modern frontend frameworks, optimised for healthcare data.
  • Reusable workflow components to support rapid prototyping of future applications.
  • A messaging platform for both healthcare workers and patients.
  • A chatbot to explore the use of conversational UI when engaging patients.
  • A cancer health record and patient pathway manager (a prototype combination of multiple sub-projects).
  • A clinical trials database.
  • A realtime cloud analytics platform based on a kappa stream/batch architecture.
  • A data anonymisation/generation tool.
  • An augmented/mixed reality platform for exploration of imaging and dashboard data.

Where to from here?
The current projects are all exploratory in nature. But we are getting some really interesting results, which we hope to share with you soon. We learn from our mistakes and build on our successes - iteration at its best!

If you want to join us on our journey, please get in touch!

Navin