The value of data sharing and prompt analysis in pandemic decision-making has been demonstrated by an award-winning population health management programme in Cheshire and Merseyside.
To help the local health and care system in Cheshire and Merseyside manage its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and drive recovery, the NHS, local government and University of Liverpool collaborated to develop Combined Intelligence for Population Health Action (CIPHA).
CIPHA is an intelligence platform that brings together healthcare, social care and administrative datasets to provide near real-time person-level intelligence for combined action by clinicians, managers, and public health practitioners. Working as part of the strategic collaboration, Arden & GEM’s data and systems team has provided core data flows to the platform, processed data assets and offered advice on governance and data quality.
As an accredited DSCRO, Arden & GEM’s data management environment has acted as the conduit between the CIPHA platform, data flows, and users, also providing appropriate patient-level access to those applying the intelligence to direct patient care.
Professor Iain Buchan, Dean of the Institute of Population Health at the University of Liverpool said: “CIPHA recognises that, in a post-COVID world, health systems need to move quickly and precisely, guided by timely dataflows and actionable analytics, if they are to resist future threats. The more complete, accurate and up to date the data, the better the intelligence. The team at Arden & GEM ensured we had the right data, in the right way at the right time.”
System leaders have been able to utilise CIPHA in their pandemic response including delivering the world’s first evidence on large scale lateral flow testing and how to use it to help reopen aspects of life that would otherwise be locked down.
The CIPHA approach is currently being expanded, with funding from NHSX, to cover another 10 Integrated Care Systems. By building on the learning from CIPHA, data can be used more effectively to plan and deliver improved health and care services.
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