Revolutionising the way real world evidence is used for research into treating and preventing disease


Discover-NOW, the health data research hub for real world evidence, supports clinicians, researchers and scientists to:

Recruit patients to studies

Develop new treatments

Manage and prevent health conditions

Test and evaluate innovations

How we work with you

Discover-NOW is pioneering the use of real-world evidence (RWE) in the treatment and prevention of disease.

A gateway to one of the largest deidentified linked health and care datasets in Europe (over 2.5 million people), our services can connect you to a RWE validation ecosystem through a Trusted Research Environment which has been co-designed with citizens.

Our team will work with throughout the lifespan of your project to accommodate your needs. We bring together life sciences, health-tech, academia and the NHS to work on projects, and it’s the blend of our services, our expertise, our data and partnerships which makes working with us the ideal solution to get results.

Together we can revolutionise the way health data is used responsibly to treat and prevent disease.


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Discover-NOW enables research through:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Retrospective studies
  • Patient identification and recruitment
  • Health economic evaluations
  • AI and machine learning
  • Health implementation

Run complex and powerful searches over the rich deidentified linked dataset of over 2.5m population to inform protocol design and study feasibility.

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Generate data driven insights and analysis into populations and cohorts, using the rich linked longitudinal health and care data.

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Using leading edge tools such as FARSITE and the North West London Research Register to to help find and match patients to clinical trials.

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Support the evaluation of new products or interventions through analysis of real world evidence.

Develop and test predictive AI approaches to determine if your technologies are effective and scalable

Ensure learnings from your research can deliver real world impact for patients


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Case Studies

Explore how our data has been used in research to treat and prevent disease

Retrospective analysis of the burden of vaso–occlusive events experienced by sickle cell disease (SCD) patients

Quantifying the frequency of VOCs in patients with SCD over 16 years of age and the healthcare resource utilisation of this group across North West London’s healthcare system.

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Albuminuria and the emergence of vascular problems in people with Type 2 Diabetes

Understanding the association between varying degrees of albuminuria and the development of vascular multi-morbidities in people with T2DM who have developed stage 3a CKD (CKD3a). Additionally, quantifying the prescription of medications beneficial in delaying CKD progression and reducing the risk of co-morbid disorders.

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Multimorbidity and health service utilisation amongst individuals with Non-Diabetic Hyperglycaemia and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

We aimed to measure the emergence of co-morbid health problems and healthcare service use in people diagnosed with NDH and T2DM. We also aimed to see if there were any differences in outcomes between the two conditions.

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Involving underrepresented groups: How unpaid carers influenced our data analysis

Read how the North West London Networked Data Lab explored unpaid carers’ needs, health issues, and care pathways through public involvement and analysis of linked datasets.

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