The issue at hand
High quality, joined-up intelligence about health and social care is essential in the commissioning and provision of health-related services across the health and social care economy, to ensure the effective use of resources and to improve citizen outcomes.
New ways of working were needed in Central Midlands to address the critical nature of how better intelligence can deliver ‘more for less.’
The project is already well underway and the first phase will roll out by the early summer. The CSU and Pi are aiming in the longer term to include datasets from the wider economy such as GP Register data on consultations, GP attendance, Ambulance Services, Pharmacy and Prescribing, CHC and many others. This will ensure integration across acute care and community health works as a whole system.
The Pi intervention
A pioneering partnership, the first of its kind nationally, has been formed between Central Midlands CSU and Pi. The partnership is working with clinicians, managers and planners across CCGs and Local Authorities to deliver key business intelligence across strategic commissioning, operational management functions and clinical pathways to enable smarter, more informed and evidence-based decision making and commissioning.
Pi’s leading product, Pi Care and Health is being used across England, delivering a fully integrated & dynamic data intelligence solution, supporting better decision making for clinical, operational and commissioning purposes.
By integrating health and social care data intelligence and using this to analyse data, the CSU looked to support:
- Reduction in emergency admissions
- Delayed discharges
- Effectiveness of reablement
- Crucial improvements to the patient experience
- The project’s first five:
- Telford and Wrekin
Peter Spilsbury, Deputy Managing Director of the Central Midlands CSU said, ‘This is a fabulous opportunity for us to deliver greater integration of health and social care information to support better use of resources in both direct care and commissioning of services. Ultimately we want to help our health and social care economy in the Midlands achieve better outcomes and value for money.’
Julia Ross, Chief Operating Officer of Pi said ‘Nationally, the Better Care Fund is the biggest opportunity to invest differently in health and social care integration. We want to make sure we support local partnerships to obtain holistic information to work effectively together to make a real difference for patients and services users. We believe making this private/public partnership work using Pi Care and Health starts that journey.’