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Advanced Analytics Unit shortlisted for HSJ Digital Award

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Arden & GEM’s Advanced Analytics Unit has been successfully shortlisted for the HSJ Digital Awards 2024 with NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes ICB.

The shortlisted project is in the ‘Generating Impact in Population Health through Digital’ category and is supporting better proactive diabetes management through an early warning system.

Commenting on the shortlist announcement, Prasanth Peddaayyavarla, Arden & GEM’s Head of Data Science, said: “I am very proud that this project has been recognised by the HSJ Digital Awards. Working closely with clinical colleagues and other ICS partners has enabled us to develop a tool with the potential to make a real difference in quality of life for people living with diabetes.”

Over 6.5% of the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) population has been diagnosed with diabetes, with a significant proportion from ethnic minority backgrounds and residing in high-deprivation areas. Clinicians needed a tool to help them improve the quality of care delivery and identify unmet need, leading to improvements in quality of life and reductions in adverse outcomes.

The Diabetes Early Warning System was co-developed by the ICB and the Advanced Analytics Unit to identify people with diabetes for proactive, personalised interventions within primary and community care. It also provides near real-time population-level data and benchmarking for commissioners.

“Working without the right data means you are constantly on the back foot. What we’re able to do with the diabetes EWS is truly proactive working. We can quickly and easily identify issues or opportunities, and then introduce proactive streams of work to improve adherence and overall care quality for patients. I am very excited about the potential of this tool.”

Julia Pledger, Consultant Diabetes Nurse, Integrated Community Diabetes Service for Bedfordshire

The HSJ Digital Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in digitising, connecting and transforming health and care. 343 entries were received this year, with 165 projects and individuals meriting inclusion on the final shortlist. The high volume - and exceptional quality – of applications mirrors the impressive levels of innovation and care continually being developed across the UK’s healthcare system.

Shortlisted projects and organisations will present their entries to a judging panel in May before the winners are announced at the official awards ceremony being held in Manchester Central on 6 June 2024.

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, commented: “It always gives me great pleasure to congratulate our finalists at this stage of the judging process and this year is no exception as we acknowledge NHS Arden & GEM and NHS BLMK ICB for being shortlisted. We can’t wait to welcome our finalists to the awards ceremony in June, celebrating their impressive achievements and jointly acknowledging our values of sharing best practice, improving patient outcomes and continuously driving for better service.”

The full list of nominees for the 2024 HSJ Digital Awards can be found here.