This project aims to support the health and social care services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG), to develop as a Learning Health System. The team will develop the technology required to enable analyses of the BNSSG Systemwide dataset and present enriched information to health professionals and planners, to support delivery of better-informed care.
One million people access health and social care services across BNSSG. Their care is increasingly based on detailed data that can be stored by and shared between general practices, hospitals and social care providers. By combining and analysing such data in a secure environment that protects confidentiality, it is possible to improve care and operational efficiencies, for example by identifying people at higher risk of a condition or disease and delivering better care, at lower cost, based on these predictions.
This project will support the NHS within BNSSG in developing as a Learning Health System. The BNSSG Systemwide dataset holds pseudonymised and linked routine health and care data on over 1 million people. The project will develop the technology required to enable analyses of these data to be performed and present findings to health professionals and NHS planners. Developing a long-term data infrastructure will facilitate clinical projects which deliver improved health and care services in specific areas including intensive care, elective surgery, resistance to antibiotics and patient flow between hospitals and social care.
The project requires three phases: supporting analyses required by the clinical projects included in the Better Care Partnership; making analysis results and enriched linked data available to health and care professionals and planners; and then identifying the best way to implement a modern scalable infrastructure for the Systemwide dataset.
The Impact and Outcomes
Linking and analysing health and social care data, and presenting enriched information to health professionals and NHS planners, can help deliver better-informed care and increase system capacity and efficiency, leading to earlier interventions, better care, and lower costs.
Dr Philip Harfield, Health Data Science (Informatics), NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre, University of Bristol
Chris Davies, Associate Director Business Intelligence, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Bristol
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