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How bringing our data together is going to galvanise integrated and proactive patient care.

WSIC – Whole Systems Integrated Care Dashboards

Life is full of key-point moments that change our approach to how we see our professional future.

For me, I had one this morning, I’m having one right now. I’m currently sitting in a room full of innovative, engaged, excited and brilliant people all brought together to make a change to how we deliver and view healthcare in North West London.

We’re talking about data hubs. We’re talking about being able to sit in your clinic room, GP surgery, A&E department and see who needs your help, perhaps before they even know it themselves. Being able to reach out to them and help support their health needs in a more holistic and timely manner. By using data more actively, predicting trends on a population and personal level we can improve quality of people’s lives, clinician experience, and use of our budgets.

Using a “dashboard” format, tailored to your clinical and professional needs, enables every clinician, commissioner, and health care professional to deliver the correct care where it is most needed and most relevant.

In a time when the headlines are full of dramatic stories of the failure of our health system to cope with demand, using the data we already have in a different manner could be revolutionary.

And its potential is as yet unknowable – in true "plan, do, study, act" fashion, we have live data that can provide us with real-time feedback on our interventions on a persona and population level.

I’m excited. Everyone here seems excited. And you too can be a part of the buzz. The project we’re discussing is called the Whole Systems Integrated Care (@WSIC_) Dashboard, but it’s one of many current, or possible, data platforms undergoing work in the UK. This is a call to join the revolution – get on board and see your own potential, in your own area, with your own health and social care teams.

The room around me is still buzzing with ideas and anticipation as I write. We’re at a crossroads where we can be a part of a major positive change that could impact healthcare for generations. Moving from re-active to pro-active individualised patient care feels like I’m on the verge of living the ideal I went to medical school for. We’re going to make a difference, we’re going to change the world.

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More details about WSIC

The WSIC team’s process today was to “share best practice and selling the vision” at an initial children and young people stakeholders event. We discussed commitment to action; future dashboard development; and how do we best develop our community of practice.

The dashboard is already live and active for clinical teams and today we discussed its use in asthma. We understand local adult healthcare teams are also using WSIC as we speak, with great success, as you can see on the WSIC website. Today’s discussion showed great thoughtfulness regarding information governance, something that can often create anxiety for both users and patients. This is an understandable and real concern and is always a key part of the work the team do.

The team here today had representation from: clinical commissioning groups (CCGs); Healthy London Partnership representatives; clinicians; integrated care specialists; healthcare programme co-ordinator; digital health; academics; public health; transformation specialists; health improvement; behavioural insight experience; health visiting and school nurses; data analysts; health economists & the WSIC team. The aim is to include more stakeholders in ongoing events and spread the word.

The global feeling in the room today was that there are many more positive stories to share about how linked data, presented in a clear way can be life-saving.