Yorkshire & Humber Care Record procures consortium of expertise to help deliver population health management for the region
Following a robust procurement exercise the Yorkshire & Humber Care Record is pleased to announce that it is intending to award a consortium of expertise from Deloitte UK, Google Cloud and Synanetics to work in partnership in helping deliver the technology that underpins the population health management capability for the Yorkshire and Humber region at a value of just under £4million over five years.
The consortium brings together specialist skills and experience with cyber security and data privacy at the heart of what they do.
Better planning of services and preventing ill health are clear goals of population health management. Its aims are to improve the health of people by using information to plan care, and to prevent illness. All organisations that work with personal data abide by strict rules and law set out by the Data Protection Act 2018. In compliance with applicable regulations, the data collected and used will remain in the hands of the NHS. All data will be encrypted, stored securely in the UK and will not be used for any other purposes beyond population health management.
Yorkshire & Humber Care Record is one of five exemplars within NHS England’s Local Health and Care Record programme with an ambition for organisations to share data across the health and care system to help people get the right care at the right time in the right place, with safety and effectiveness.
Dr John Byrne, Senior Responsible Officer for the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record; Executive Medical Director at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust said, “We look forward to beginning this important work to help us better understand the needs of the people living across the areas whilst ensuring the security and privacy of data remains of the highest importance.”
Rob Webster, Chair of Yorkshire & Humber Digital Care Board; CEO for South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust and CEO Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership said, “After a thorough process which involved expertise from a variety of leaders across our Partnership, we look forward to reaping the benefits of this important piece of work to improve the health and wellbeing of people’s lives”
Yorkshire and Humber Care Record and its partner organisations are committed to open standards which NHS X has recently stated will be mandated to ensure a consistent language of clinical terms to help staff share information, seamlessly across health and care settings, improving patient safety. In simpler terms it means that the wide variety of IT systems that are used across the NHS and care system will find it easier to “talk to each other” because a common language is used, helping to join up patient care.
NOTES TO EDITORS AND FURTHER INFORMATION
What is the LHCRE programme?
NHS England are investing in a number of Local Health and Care Record Exemplars that will enable the safe and secure sharing of an individual’s health and care information as they move between different parts of the NHS and social care. The local health and care record exemplar programme is designed to support local areas that are already adopting best practice in the collection, protection and ethical use of health and care data to go further, faster and encourage others to follow swiftly in their footsteps. For more information please visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/digitaltechnology/connecteddigitalsystems/health-and-care-data/joining-up-health-and-care-data/
What is the HSS framework?
The Health Systems Support (HSS) Framework provides a quick and easy route to access support services from innovative third party suppliers at the leading edge of health and care system reform, including advanced analytics, population health management, digital and service transformation. It can be used by any NHS organisation, including NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), national Arm’s-Length Bodies, local authorities and a wide range of public sector bodies where they are supporting Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs), or health and social care in general.
The Framework focuses particularly on services that can support the move to integrated models of care based on intelligence-led population health management. This includes new digital and technological advances that help clinicians and managers understand a population’s health and how it can best be managed
Why did the Yorkshire & Humber Care Record team use the HSS framework?
The Yorkshire & Humber Care Record used the Health Systems Support (HSS) Framework created by NHS England to guarantee the procurement was robust, extremely thorough and diligent. The HSS Framework makes certain that suppliers have passed rigorous selection criteria to confirm their products are of a high quality, their prices fair and their financial position stable. The framework is refreshed regularly to ensure it stays current and includes the latest innovative products, services and suppliers.
When procuring services, any contracts with a value over the procurement threshold need to be procured fairly and competitively in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations. The current thresholds for procurement are:
- £118,133 for Central Government Authorities (as listed at Schedule 1 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015), and
- £181,302 for all other authorities.
How will the data be kept safe?
By law, everyone working in, or on behalf of, the NHS and social care must follow strict information governance rules designed to respect your privacy and keep all information about you safe. Information is held on secure, encrypted systems which keeps a record of everyone who has accessed a record, the time and date when they accessed it and the information they were viewing. In compliance with applicable regulations, the data collected and used will remain in the hands of the NHS. All data will be encrypted, stored securely in the UK and will not be used for any other purposes beyond population health management.
Further information on the consortium of organisations chosen
Deloitte UK with its strong governance is one of the largest and most experienced providers of professional, advisory and IT services to public sector clients in the UK and around the world.
Google Cloud is a leading global provider of cloud technology and analytics. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) offers scalable, comprehensive services to handle every step of the analytics process chain. Focus on security and protection of data is among their primary design criteria. See here: https://cloud.google.com/security/overview/whitepaper
Synanetics is a leading UK healthcare interoperability consultancy which has a strong track record of delivering complex projects in Yorkshire and Humber and more widely across the NHS. For more information please visit – https://synanetics.com/
How have the public been involved in the Yorkshire & Humber Care Record
In Autumn 2018 the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record team commissioned research to provide insight into people’s beliefs about their health and care record being shared. It explored the beliefs that people have about how their health and care records could and should be used, their boundaries for what they are willing for their data to be used for, their concerns around how their data could be used, and the reassurances they want about how their data is safe.
The results show that there is strong support for the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record as people believe it will improve patient-centred care, improve continuity of care, improve communication between different health and care teams, improve the accuracy of diagnosis and prescribing, and generally lead to a more efficient and cost-effective service. Nearly all (95%) of the survey participants supported their data being used beyond their direct care, most commonly to plan services, to help people stay healthy and for research into understanding, diagnosing and treating diseases. To read the report the full click here