University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom is leveraging patient data and placing a greater focus on patient-driven care to deliver better health outcomes.

“The real important commodity is the data itself,” says Dr. Colin Brown, UHMBT’s chief clinical information officer. “We’ve been on a journey to bring all sorts of healthcare data together in a data warehouse so we can aggregate information from different sources to make a difference.”

One way the hospital is deriving insights from data is by gaining the ability to identify cohorts of patients with particular conditions. For example, of patients who have suffered a stroke, those who also have atrial fibrillation can be categorized into a subgroup. That gives the hospital more nuanced and contextual information about those patients that may be helpful in improving their health.

An integral part of using data to improve healthcare at the hospital is the rollout of integrated care communities. These communities will make it possible to gain more insights on groups of patients and intervene earlier to drive better outcomes, Dr. Brown says.

As part of these communities, citizens can access health information with devices they use every day, such as their smartphone or tablet. “We need to empower our citizens with their own healthcare and share the responsibility for health,” Dr. Brown says. Patients can access medical records as well as information on diseases and conditions.

Having all that information at their fingertips gives patients a genuine ability to influence their own healthcare, Dr. Brown says.

Read the case study for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.