Published on: 13th June 2017
Learning Health Systems
Case Study 49
Director: Prof Aileen Keel CBE
Deputy Director: Dr Hilary Dobson
IHDP is working with partners to fundamentally change the way data and analytics are used to improve health outcomes.
Access to high quality, accurate data is an essential part of good person-centred care. All high performing healthcare systems internationally are supported by data collection, often in real time, to enable person-centred care, quality healthcare delivery, improvement programmes, performance management and research.
A problem – and an opportunity – facing the whole of modern healthcare is the rapidly increasing amount of data potentially available to inform and improve care. NHS Scotland is awash with cancer data but it currently exists in separate and unlinked locations. These data sets need to be organised and harnessed to optimise outcomes. To achieve this will require the involvement and collaboration of many individuals and organisations. The Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme (IHDP) aims to fundamentally change the way that data and analytics are used to drive improvements in health outcomes, by fostering new relationships between the NHS, industry, academia and the third sector.
While the programme’s initial focus is on cancer it has a clear remit to apply proven methodology to other clinical areas.
Cancer and the development of a Scottish Cancer Intelligence Framework (SCIF) has been identified as the IHDP’s first priority, supported by funding announced in the Cancer Strategy, Beating Cancer: Ambition and Actions published in March 2016. IHDP is working to ensure that Scotland makes much better use of its rich cancer data assets to create the kind of data-driven care to which the NHS has long aspired.
Working with key partners, IHDP supports projects developed under various workstreams to enable the delivery of its aims.
The creation of the SCIF offers potential benefits to patients, clinicians, service planners, policy makers, researchers and others. These include the ability to:
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Enquiries to Sabine Kurz, Communications Assistant, The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research and IHDP, email@example.com.