- The Catalyst Projects validate the use of data at scale, such as artificial intelligence and patient datasets, to provide clinicians with new information that enables improved care
- Insights into Cystic Fibrosis and Diabetes have demonstrated strong potential to be developed and scaled across other clinical areas
- The projects all integrated best practice in involving patients in the research process and creating a trustworthy approach to use of health data
Three “Catalyst Projects” commissioned through an innovative partnership between HDR UK and The Health Foundation in May 2020 have been completed in 12 months, each integrating the use of largescale data and advanced analytics into clinical practice to demonstrate improvement. The success of the projects supports the mission of both organisations – uniting data to create a healthier population and improve people’s lives.
Adam Steventon, Director of Data Analytics at the Health Foundation, said:
“The Health Foundation is delighted to see the outputs of these projects, demonstrating real-world impact of using data-driven approaches in three crucial areas of healthcare. Working with HDR UK has validated the importance of a partnership approach to understand how we can best use data for health research.
Alice Turnbull, National Programme Director, Better Care, Health Data Research UK:
“It is incredible to see the depth of insights delivered by these projects in such a short timescale; especially given the substantial challenges of undertaking this work at the onset of and through the Covid-19 pandemic. Using our Better Care approach of continuous improvement, we look forward to sharing and building on these insights with both researchers and healthcare professionals in our community.”
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Summary of the three Better Care Catalyst Projects and their impacts:
RADAR (Risk Algorithms for Decision Support and Adverse Outcomes Reduction)
A project to reduce admissions to hospital and subsequent costly type 2 diabetes complications for people in North-West London by using computer-generated prediction tools, involving six organisations and coordinated by the North West London Health and Care Partnership. The project also builds on the infrastructure put in place by HDR UK’s data hub – Discover-NOW.
This project resulted in significantly improved prediction accuracy of artificial intelligence ( AI) models to provide calculated risk information which enables better-informed decisions around treatment and self-management for diabetes patients. These decisions can support improved quality of life, reduce morbidity and the healthcare burden through identification and treatment of high-risk individuals.
Patient feedback also showed a real appetite for the use of these type of tools and the desire for patients to engage more with their own data. Personalised risk profiling can be a driver for patient behaviour change impacting on short-term markers such as weight, glucose control, medication adherence, foot care and ultimately reducing complications risk factors.
Using diabetes as an exemplar, this project will provide the opportunity to use real-world data for the improvement of outcomes in patients with other long-term conditions.