Improving population health through successful partnerships

Imperial College Health Partners are excited to announce that we have won a bid, in partnership with Cerner, OptiMedis-COBIC UK and NEL Commissioning Support Unit  to provide a new performance and population health management dashboard for NHS England and Integrated Care Systems (ICS) across the country. The consortium will be bringing a wealth of experience from across England, along with international knowledge from sites in the US (Memorial Hermann, Advocate Physician Partners) and Germany (Gesundes Kinzigtal).

Integrated Care Systems merge treatment (traditionally the domain of the NHS) with responsibility for population health, prevention (traditionally public health) and social care functions. They present new opportunities and challenges and, as they develop, there is a need for new data, intelligence and tools to manage their health systems.

This new performance and population health management dashboard will build on the current reporting system, which is largely focused on separate performance metrics. It will also provide a way to monitor activity, population health, identify and effectively target resources to improve patient outcomes by joining together disparate elements of the health and care system. It will enable more preventive solutions to healthcare through its ability to track, predict, intervene and manage conditions cost-effectively.

The programme is working collaboratively across national organisations and four first-wave ICS sites (Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and South Cumbria, West Berkshire and Bedford, Luton, Milton Keynes) to develop the first iteration of the dashboard, with a view to roll out to other first-wave sites as the programme progresses.

“We’re delighted that through our strong partnership with NEL CSU, Cerner and OptiMedis-COBIC UK we have been able to win this bid to provide a new population health management dashboard, helping local systems to better understand their local population needs.  At ICHP we can support integrated care systems on most aspects of their development including knowledge sharing, capability building and building integration. We’re very much looking forward to taking this project forward with our partners, supporting the delivery of better, more joined up patient care in those areas, and we will be sharing our learnings as we progress with the work.” Dr Axel Heitmueller, Managing Director, Imperial College Health Partners.

“We welcome this partnership to drive towards real benefits for patients through evolving and refining our understanding of population health analytics, helping NHS England and emerging Integrated Care Systems to target healthcare resource and keep people healthy.”  Graham Crawford, Director of Analytics, NEL CSU

“The journey towards integrated care and population health management will be underpinned by powerful and actionable data analysis from across the health and care system. The combined expertise of this partnership and other innovating health and care systems, coupled with the capabilities of our HealtheIntent platform, will provide the insight required to support organisations across the country to improve the quality and efficiency of care for their citizens. We’re confident that this programme will become a shining beacon of actionable data analysis at scale, and we’re proud to be a part of it.” Dr Justin Whatling, Global Vice President for Population Health, Cerner

“It’s often said that what’s measured is what matters. It’s a privilege to be trusted by NHS England to bring our UK and European experience of cost-effective integrated care to help design and deliver the dashboard that will be used across the country to help NHS England, local systems, and, we hope, the public to whom the NHS is ultimately accountable to understand how well the NHS and its partners are using tax-payers’ money to improve health, quality and experience of care and the use of resources.”  Dr Nicholas Hicks, Optimedis COBIC UK 

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Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP) innovates and collaborates for a healthier population. We turn the potential of innovation into reality to help solve pressing challenges by collaborating across the health sector. By connecting a unique network of health experts we can accelerate the adoption and spread of innovation amongst our member organisations. Imperial College Health Partners is a partnership organisation bringing together NHS providers of healthcare services, clinical commissioning groups and leading universities across North West London. We are also the designated Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for North West London and a member of The AHSN Network.  For more information, please visit ICHP’s Website, Twitter and LinkedIn

NEL CSU provides expert support and advice to help clinical commissioners and other NHS organisations to deliver improved health services to local populations. We put excellence, innovation, and expertise at the heart of everything we do. Our services support over 100 customers, including clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across England, representing more than 13 million people. Please connect with us on Twitter (@NELCSU), LinkedIn and Instagram (@nel_csu).

At Cerner, we believe in building positive partnerships that improve outcomes. Our platforms and services help connect people, information and systems at more than 27,000 facilities worldwide. Recognised for innovation, we help integrate entire health and care systems, enable them to deliver smarter, value-based care and proactively manage and improve the health of their communities. For more information, please visit and connect with us on Twitter @CernerUK and Instagram @Cerner.UK.

OptiMedis-COBIC UK is a value driven organisation, bringing together the expertise and experience of two well established and pioneering companies, OptiMedis AG from Germany and COBIC Ltd from the UK. We work with local health and care partners across the UK as they come together to take on responsibility for population and individual health in accountable care systems to provide advice, support and services at every stage of the journey from initial conception through to long term delivery.