Imperial College London

Dr Ana Luisa Neves

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Digital Health







Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Wing (QEQM)St Mary's Campus





Dr Ana Luisa Neves is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Digital Health and Director of the Global Digital Health Unit (GDHU), a research hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in health care. In line with the aims of the School of Public Health, the mission of the Global Digital Health Unit is to develop innovative, evidence-based solutions for delivering healthcare and health promotion, and for supporting public health research. We are a multidisciplinary team, collaborating on a number of local, national and international activities. 

Dr Ana Luisa Neves leads a team of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, conducting research in digital health, with a focus on the use of digital technologies to deliver safer, more effective, and patient-centred care. She has more than 15 years of research experience, and >40 papers published in peer-reviewed journals (>3,000 citations), using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Ana qualified in Medicine and completed specialist training in General Practice, and has worked as a medical doctor in both high- and low-income countries. She undertook academic and research placements at Institut National de la Santé et Recherche Médicale (Paris) and at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School Affiliate (Boston), before obtaining her PhD in Clinical Medicine at Imperial College London (2018). Between 2017-2023, Ana took a variety of research roles at the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial, the latest being as Associate Director / Advanced Research Fellow at Imperial NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research (PSTRC). As part of this role, Ana also oversaw the academic support to the WHO Global Patient Safety Collaborative, a multi-national consortium designed to strengthen leadership, capacity building and research development in low and middle-income countries. 

In what concerns teaching activities, she is the Module Lead for Digital Health in the Masters Public Health and Global Master of Public Health at Imperial College London. Ana is also Module Lead (Health Data Collection and Principles of Health Data Science) at the PhD Programme in Health Data Science at University of Porto, where she holds a post as Associate Professor.

Dr Ana Luisa Neves is currently an elected member of the Executive Board of the European General Practice Research Network and of the Working Party on eHealth of the World Organisation of General Practice.



Ana is also interested in global and international health, having collaborated as health advisor with several NGOs in low-income countries (Guinea-Bissau, 2008; Senegal, 2010 and Mozambique, 2013). In 2017, she co-developed momoby, a finger prick test aiming to bring healthcare to remote areas in low-income countries, which was awarded at various international competitions (Althea-Imperial Innovation Program 2017, 2nd prize [London]; I3S-Hovione Capital Innovation Prize 2017, finalist [Porto]; Hello Tomorrow Challenge 2017, shortlisted [Paris]; Venture Catalyst Challenge 2018, 1st prize [London], IDea Incubator 2018, 3rd prize [San Francisco].

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Lear R, Freise L, Kybert M, et al., 2022, Patients’ willingness and ability to identify and respond to errors in their personal health records: a mixed methods analysis of cross-sectional survey data, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol:24, ISSN:1438-8871

Li E, Tsopra R, Jimenez G, et al., 2022, General practitioners’ perceptions of using virtual primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic: An international cross-sectional survey study, Plos Digital Health, Vol:1, ISSN:2767-3170, Pages:1-23

Beaney T, Neves AL, Alboksmaty A, et al., 2022, Trends and associated factors for Covid-19 hospitalisation and fatality risk in 2.3 million adults in England, Nature Communications, Vol:13, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-9

Beaney T, Clarke J, Alboksmaty A, et al., 2022, Population level impact of a pulse oximetry remote monitoring programme on mortality and healthcare utilisation in the people with COVID-19 in England: a national analysis using a stepped wedge design, Emergency Medicine Journal, Vol:39, ISSN:1472-0205

Alboksmaty A, Beaney T, Elkin S, et al., 2022, Effectiveness and safety of pulse oximetry in remote patient monitoring of patients with COVID-19: a systematic review, The Lancet Digital Health, Vol:4, ISSN:2589-7500, Pages:e279-e289

Neves AL, van Dael J, O'Brien N, et al., 2021, Use and impact of virtual primary care on quality and safety: The public's perspectives during the COVID-19 pandemic, Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, ISSN:1357-633X

Neves AL, Smalley K, Freise L, et al., 2021, Sharing electronic health records with patients: Who is using the Care Information Exchange portal? A cross-sectional study, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol:13, ISSN:1438-8871, Pages:1-12

Fiorentino F, Prociuk D, Espinosa Gonzalez AB, et al., 2021, An early warning risk prediction tool (RECAP-V1) for patients diagnosed with COVID-19: the protocol for a statistical analysis plan, Jmir Research Protocols, Vol:10, ISSN:1929-0748

Neves AL, Jacome C, Taveira-Gomes T, et al., 2021, Determinants of the use of health and fitness mobile apps by patients with asthma: secondary analysis of observational studies, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol:23, ISSN:1438-8871, Pages:1-14

Neves AL, Li E, Serafini A, et al., 2021, Evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on the adoption of virtual care in general practice in 20 countries (inSIGHT): rationale and study protocol, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol:10, ISSN:1438-8871, Pages:1-9

Neves AL, Li E, Gupta PP, et al., 2021, Virtual primary care in high-income countries during the COVID-19 pandemic: policy responses and lessons for the future, European Journal of General Practice, Vol:27, ISSN:1381-4788, Pages:241-247

Neves AL, Pereira Rodrigues P, Mulla A, et al., 2021, Using electronic health records to develop and validate a machine learning tool to predict type 2 diabetes outcomes: a study protocol, Bmj Open, Vol:11, ISSN:2044-6055, Pages:1-5

Shaw A, O'Brien N, Flott K, et al., 2021, The urgent need to identify and evaluate patient safety interventions in fragile, conflict-affected and vulnerable settings, Journal of Global Health, Vol:11, ISSN:2047-2978

Li E, Clarke J, Neves AL, et al., 2021, Electronic health records, interoperability, and patient safety in health systems of high-income countries: a systematic review protocol, Bmj Open, Vol:11, ISSN:2044-6055

Espinosa-Gonzalez AB, Neves AL, Fiorentino F, et al., 2021, Predicting Risk of Hospital Admission in Patients With Suspected COVID-19 in a Community Setting: Protocol for Development and Validation of a Multivariate Risk Prediction Tool, Jmir Research Protocols, Vol:10, ISSN:1929-0748

Freise L, Neves AL, Flott K, et al., 2021, Assessment of patients' ability to review electronic health record information to identify potential errors: cross-sectional web-based survey, Jmir Formative Research, Vol:5, ISSN:2561-326X

Olivia L, Roberts L, Jonathan R G, et al., 2021, “Opening a Can of Worms” - exploring public hopes and fears on healthcare data sharing: qualitative study, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol:23, ISSN:1438-8871

Neves AL, Lawrence-Jones A, Naar L, et al., 2020, Multidisciplinary teams must work together to co-develop inclusive digital primary care for older people, British Journal of General Practice, Vol:70, ISSN:0960-1643, Pages:582-582

Neves AL, Freise L, Laranjo L, et al., 2020, Impact of providing patients access to electronic health records on quality and safety of care: a systematic review and meta-analysis, BMJ Quality & Safety, Vol:29, ISSN:2044-5415, Pages:1019-1032

Greenhalgh T, Thompson P, Weiringa S, et al., 2020, What items should be included in an early warning score for remote assessment of suspected COVID-19? qualitative and Delphi study, Bmj Open, Vol:10, ISSN:2044-6055, Pages:1-26

van Dael J, Reader T, Gillespie A, et al., 2020, Learning from complaints in healthcare: a realist review of academic literature, policy evidence, and frontline insights, BMJ Quality & Safety, Vol:29, ISSN:2044-5415, Pages:684-695

Fernandes Neves Soares AL, Poovendran D, Freise L, et al., 2019, Healthcare professionals’ perspectives on the secondary use of health records to improve quality and safety of care: a qualitative study in England, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol:21, ISSN:1438-8871

Neves AL, Carter AW, Freise L, et al., 2018, Impact of sharing electronic health records with patients on the quality and safety of care: a systematic review and narrative synthesis protocol, Bmj Open, Vol:8, ISSN:2044-6055

Irving G, Neves AL, Dambha-Miller H, et al., 2017, International variations in primary care physician consultation time: a systematic review of 67 countries, Bmj Open, Vol:7, ISSN:2044-6055

Pinho-Costa L, Yakubu K, Hoedebecke K, et al., 2016, Healthcare hashtag index development: Identifying global impact in social media, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Vol:63, ISSN:1532-0464, Pages:390-399

Laranjo L, Arguel A, Neves AL, et al., 2015, The influence of social networking sites on health behavior change: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Vol:22, ISSN:1067-5027, Pages:243-256

Neves AL, Laranjo L, Villanueva T, et al., 2013, Patients' access to their medical records, Acta Med Port


Poovendran D, Wadge H, Roy R, et al., 2017, A qualitative evaluation of the CIE Programme implementation in North West London

Neves AL, Roy R, Wadge H, et al., 2017, A framework for evaluating the economic impact of EHR-based interventions

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