Health Inequalities and Inequity: Using data to address issues of Parity of Esteem

It is easy to write on a subject about which you are passionate; but I take the view that we should be judged on actions not just words. Its fine to rage against the injustices of the world, but if you aren’t part of the solution then you may very well be part of the problem. Read More…

Demystifying Population Health Management (PHM) aka. We Can Do It.

In recent months Sollis have been providing data and analytics support to a number of Primary Care Networks (PCNs) nationally. These work programmes have varied in scope and nature ranging from: Managing People with Complex Needs / Anticipatory Care (South West London) Frailty Transformation (South West London and Surrey) Chronic Disease Management/ Long Term Conditions … Read more

Primary Care in the Time of Covid – A Population Health Management Story

In the space of just a few short weeks we have seen the NHS embrace and action change in a way that was perhaps unthinkable back in February this year. This is particularly important when we consider primary care and its role in the delivery of Population Health Management (PHM), because if Population Health Management is about anything then it is about transformation and change.

There are many lessons to learn from the Covid-19 pandemic and we are only at the beginning of that learning journey. However, something one hears a lot is that the crisis has provided us an opportunity to change the way we deliver health and care services centred around the person, the communities they live in and the population at large. Recovery of health services requires not restoration but the resetting of services that in a sense a pandemic led us to embrace. Read More…

Population Health Management by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

For reasons that will become obvious by the end of this post, we at Sollis have recently been thinking quite a lot about Shakespeare. In particular, the moment in As You Like It when he has Jacques summarise the human condition. Shakespeare here seems to be acting almost as an early modern exponent of population health management.

Speaking through Jacques he divides the population – both men and women – into seven age bands.   He notes that throughout their lives, people move across segments (‘play many parts’), and he describes some of the characteristics of the people in each cohort.  This has some interesting features. Read More…

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…

19/20 Payment Reform Proposals

2019/20 payment reform proposals for acute care were published by NHS improvement on the 9th October 2018. The deadline for giving feedback to the proposals has been set at 5pm on 29th October. Sollis delivered a software update on 16th October, implementing all the key changes being proposed (including 4 new tariffs to model the … 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…