Digital and Data

Digital and Data Integration initiatives at the AHSN NENC are delivered through the Connected Health Cities programme (CHC).

CHC is a Northern Powerhouse funded project. It aims to unite local health data and advanced technology to improve health services for patients across the North of England. It is divided into four sub-regions covering the North, with one team focussed upon the NENC. There are several programmes of work which began in 2016:

Great North Care Record

Palliative Care Plan Pathway Project

The Palliative Care Plan project is a pilot taking place in North Tyneside to develop a scaleable integrated electronic care plan for patients on the Palliative Care Plan Register.

For patients who are receiving palliative care, their treatment preferences can be shared electronically with a number of care providers such as paramedics, emergency departments and care homes.

Smart Interventions for Vulnerable Families (SILVER)

One area of interest in the NENC area is around supporting high risk user groups and vulnerable families. This can include situations where children are subject to a Child Protection Plan, people at risk of worklessness, financial exclusion, anti-social behaviour or substance mis-use.

The SILVER programme links data from multiple agencies including healthcare, social care, criminal justice, housing and education. It explores issues around gaining consent and how agencies can develop sustainable interventions.

‘The SILVER platform will map the needs of the individual across multiple agencies and highlight any gaps in care that need to be addressed. By bringing together data from health, criminal justice and social care it will help key workers better support those families that are at risk due to significant poverty, parental chronic illness or disability, unemployed or mental health problems.’

Dr Lingam, Principal Investigator, SILVER Project

Predictive Modelling for Unplanned Care in Durham

This collaboration produces statistical models that can be routinely used by health, local authority or other analytics teams to produce forecasts up to six months in advance for urgent and emergency care.

The project brings together expertise between academia, healthcare providers and regulators to deliver practical modelling, planning and decision-support tools in both planned and unplanned care.

“We are using new tools and data analysis techniques from the academic world and applying them to real life examples such as in A&E departments, which is helping to inform their planning.”

Dr Ian Briggs, Consultant, Durham Care Pathway Project