Our informatics work is embedded across all of our programmes and focusses on clinical information needs.
There are common requirements across all of our programmes to improve data sharing and transfer, which inform the goal of an interconnected patient record available to both the patient and clinicians, available wherever it is needed across our partnership.
There are many reasons for sharing data, including:
- Direct clinical care delivery eg: access to patient test results from another hospital, knowledge of current medications
- Targeting organisation or partnership interventions eg: for patients with long-term conditions, to support proactive management of their care
- Surveillance and performance management – regular reviews of metrics to understand compliance with performance standards
- Research – to understand our local population, target research activity and increase trial participation.
What is informatics?
UCLPartners’ informatics programme is in place to improve information exchange across the partnership in order to transform healthcare services for patients and add value to the organisations. The partnership strategy is to use the strengths of the partnership and join up information systems to improve the quality of healthcare.
Why is it important?
There are many reasons for information exchange such as knowing what medications have been prescribed by a patient’s GP, what diagnoses were made in hospital and what support is already in place for a patient in the community so that care can be coordinated safely and effectively between different parts of the health and social care system. Information can be used to help us understand our local population needs, where care might be improved, services made more efficient or resources focussed to help reduce inequalities across the partnership.
Most importantly, patients should experience a more joined-up approach to their care, should not need to repeat the same information at each stage of their pathway and should have access to information that empowers them to take a more active role in managing their own health and wellbeing.
The role of UCLPartners is to act as an enabler so that solutions, expertise and capacity can be shared. It is also to support the development and implementation of new approaches to the delivery of safe, efficient, effective and patient-centred care with the best clinical outcomes.
Digital maturity self-assessment
The Digital Maturity Assessment builds on existing evidence that investing in and effectively using IT can achieve better patient outcomes, reduce bureaucracy, improve patient safety and deliver efficiencies.
The Digital Maturity Assessment measures the extent to which healthcare services in England are supported by the effective use of digital technology. The aim of the assessment is to identify key strengths and gaps in healthcare providers’ provision of digital services at the point of care.
This measurement will help to work towards a paper-free health and care system by 2020.
UCLPartners has been working in collaboration with NHS England and other partners to develop a new digital maturity self-assessment tool. The tool focuses on meaningful use of technology and will ask Trusts to evaluate their state of readiness, capabilities and enabling infrastructure to operate paper-free at the point of care.