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NHS Arden and GEM awarded two-year data driven contract to support CCG

NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (Arden & GEM) has been awarded a new two-year contract, aimed at providing a business intelligence and data solution, for NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) CCG.

The initiative is aimed at delivering an analytics platform and data warehouse, making the best use of all data, in line with information governance requirements. This is hoped to generate actionable insight through the implementation of proven tools for population segmentation, risk stratification, actuarial analysis, and economic modelling.

The contract will start in June 2021, with an option to extend for another 12 months after the two-year period. This follows on from a competitive tender process, and will see Arden & GEM support the CCG in improving health and care outcomes for almost one million people living in the area, in partnership with other NHS organisations, and local authorities.

Helen Seth, Director of Business Intelligence, and Provider Management at Arden & GEM, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by BLMK CCG to work as their trusted partner in driving forward the delivery of an integrated business intelligence service which can optimise the value we can derive from the data available, bringing our existing knowledge and best practice to this large and complex system of health and social care.

“With experience of helping other Integrated Care Systems to adopt a population health approach, we will be supporting delivery in BLMK through the development of an analytics platform and data warehouse.”

This will also include the development of primary care and commissioning dashboards which enable reporting, comparing best industry practices, and Covid recovery, as well as tracking clinical safety and service quality for patient cohorts, and pathways such as stroke and cancer.

Felicity Cox, Accountable Officer for BLMK CCG, and Executive Lead for BLMK Integrated Care System, said: “Our new data warehouse will enable us to have a ‘single version of the truth’ that will be accessible to NHS organisations and local authorities across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. This represents a real step-change in the way we share and access information, providing insights around our population that will help ensure we are providing the best health and care services possible to meet the needs of local people.

“We are delighted to have worked with colleagues and partners in developing this new service and look forward to working with Arden & GEM CSU to deliver this.”

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