Improving the nation’s health: No place for anecdote and fairy tales

Prevention is better than cure

On Monday last week, the Department of Health & Social Care published, ‘Prevention is better than cure – Our vision to help you live well for longer’.

Few would argue that prevention is a bad thing and the themes discussed in the paper are entirely consistent with current health policy which stresses the importance of integrated care, built around the implementation of Population Health Management (PHM) strategies.

Yet despite the paper being published on 5th November, for me at least the sky above refused to colour and sparkle. There was little to celebrate here that was genuinely new and excessive claims are made for the game changing capability of new technology and personal responsibility. Read More…

Population Health Analyses tips

Ducks in a row

“Thanks for the data, but what am I supposed to do with it?” This is a typical and reasonable response when faced with the prospect of sifting through thousands of patient records to look for ways to improve services and care programmes. Our approach to population analytics is less about telling you what data you’ve got and more about showing you what you can do with it, revealing useful insights that you can act on. Here are some tips for getting the most out of population health analyses. Read More…

Population Health Management — Empowering the Change Makers

empowering change

At its simplest level Population Health Management (PHM) is a system that uses data and analytics to evaluate and improve the health of the population. The ultimate aim is the improvement of both clinical and financial outcomes. Data and analytics are vital enablers of any successful Population Health Management (PHM) programme, however ultimately it is people that make the change. In this opinion piece I outline what I believe are some of the key steps in driving forward a successful Population Health Management strategy. Read More…

Navigating the Choppy Seas of GDPR Compliance

GDPR voyage

If you run a GP practice, or any organisation that processes NHS patient data, you’ll know the joy of gearing up for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation, which became law from 25th May.

As a small business whose main concern is supplying software and services — specifically to analyse patient data — to NHS organisations, we have always been diligent about demonstrating our compliance with data protection laws and information governance requirements. It means our customers are confident that we’re trustworthy and compliant processors of NHS data. Read More…

National data opt-out programme

Exit Sign

Friday 25th May 2018 is a momentous day for data protection with the introduction of GDPR. But with your inbox flooded with updated data privacy statements, you may have missed that NHS Digital is launching its national data opt-out programme on the same day, to give patients more control over their data.

This will offer patients and the public the opportunity to make an informed choice about whether they wish their confidential patient information to be used just for their individual care and treatment or also for research and planning purposes. Read More…