Richard's research focuses on the use of data (e.g. omics, electronic health records, smartphones and wearables) to transform the delivery of healthcare by addressing some of the fundamental uncertainties of clinical medicine: How do we diagnose disease and its sub-types? Is this intervention effective? How do we personalise care? The research has required the extensive use of computational approaches as such machine learning, the creation of software tools, development of hospital development environments and large private cloud infrastructure to enable integration of patient datasets.
He is head of the Department of Biostatistics and Health Informatics, KCL and leads health informatics themes at the Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre. He co-chairs the Centre for Translational Informatics (CTI), established to support transformative connections between NHS IT and academic health informatics and to act as a catalyst for industry and academic partnerships, delivering a clear pathway for informatics-based interventions into routine practice. He jointly leads the Text Analytics Programme of UK's national institute for Health Data Research (HDR UK) and is leading informatics themes for a number of EU Innovative Medicines Initiative major programmes including RADAR-CNS, RADAR-AD and BigData@Heart (>€100m) which represent partnerships between academia, the European Union and industry partners through the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) framework.