Health and care organisations across Cheshire have partnered with data analytics specialist Qlik to develop a raft of predictive tools, designed to enable frontline staff to better identify and support patients at highest risk of health deterioration.
With the NHS moving towards more preventative care under its Population Health strategy, Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Cheshire West Integrated Care Partnership (CWICP) are using digital technology and predictive analytics provided by the Qlik platform.
Qlik’s implementation has been overseen by a newly created business information board, whose remit will be to use software and services to transform data into actionable insights that will inform strategic decisions.
The board was created as part of a drive by CWICP to use the power of data to shift population health management from a theoretical solution into a powerful tool for use in the daily work of frontline health and care staff. The BI board will also be responsible for the creation of digital patient registries and bespoke risk stratification algorithms – a first step in the creation of a Population Health portal.
Resource and time-poor frontline health and care staff need tools that can help quickly identify the patients at highest risk. It is claimed that by using Qlik, staff can segment their population based on risk of hospital admission and quickly spot patients whose conditions aren’t being optimally managed.
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Cheshire CCG executive clinical director Dr Teresa Strefford: "Implementing Qlik technology to create powerful risk stratification systems has furnished us with a powerful tool to quickly identify the patients at highest risk. We look forward to equipping GP practises across Cheshire with this new technology – through proactive care and identification of the right patients, both clinical teams and patients will see a positive impact."
Qlik EMEA director of industry solutions public sector and healthcare Sean Price said: "We are proud to be helping Cheshire health and care professionals understand population health from both a strategic and tactical level. The pressure on our healthcare system continues to increase with growing demand and risk, combined with acute resource restraints. Now, more than ever, innovative leaders need to realise that data analytics provides the key to transforming ways of working to sustain and improve the services delivered to the public."