Lambeth health data system is shortlisted for an award
NHS Lambeth CCG’s DataNet has been shortlisted in the Health Service Journal Value in Healthcare Awards. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 24 May.
Through DataNet, the patient medical records held by all GPs in Lambeth have been systematically developed, made unidentifiable and combined into a single database for the borough. The information is being used for detailed analysis of Lambeth’s population to identify groups who can be followed up for targeted health initiatives depending on health conditions and demographics.
Dr Adrian McLachlan, chair of NHS Lambeth CCG, said: “This is fantastic news for DataNet. The creation of this database has made a significant impact on how we use information in Lambeth to improve delivery of the right services to the right people. It means we can appropriately target whole sections of the local population.”
DataNet has already been used to assess sections of the population with multiple long-terms conditions to support Local Care Networks to deliver integrated patient care. Information has also been used to support a project in the north of the borough to provide information on health services to residents whose first language is Portuguese and who speak little or no English.
The use of patient information is strictly controlled and data security and patient confidentiality are protected through a specially-designed data sharing agreement. The successful use of DataNet has been possible through close working with all the GP practices in the borough and consultation and communication with their patients to explain how and why the information will be used.