Healthcare Projects

Case Study: Datawell Health and Social Care Informatics Solution

Cruarch Associates worked with Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network to develop the business case for the Datawell data sharing solution. Providing technical and analytical consultancy over an 18 month programme of work, our team engaged in stakeholder analysis, data asset inventories, technical evaluation leading into a proof of concept aggregation, consolidation and interrogation exercise. The £6M business case was successfully delivered on time and within budget, and was approved for funding.

Case Study: Supporting national NHS deployments of EPaCCS solutions across Greater Manchester

National Perspective:

NHS England is proactively supporting developments in integrated care services across service providers for patients in their end-of-life. Its strategy is to use local health registers as a framework to enhance the communication and co-ordination of care between the numerous care providers delivering end-of-life care to patients whilst reducing costs. They have estimated that this work will help NHS save up to £20bn through reduced number of unplanned hospital admissions and patient lengths of stay, as well as increased investments to improve community based care and the co-ordination of that care. NHS has recommended the implementation of an Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination System (EPaCCS) that would better manage the early identification of people approaching end-of-life, as well as how care is collectively delivered by health and social care providers. These solutions should be delivered through development of integrated working practices between clinicians and support staff across multiple health and social care provider organisations such as general practitioners, hospitals, care homes, out-of-hours and ambulance services. An EPaCCS solution, where effectively deployed, will improve the health and social care given to end-of-life patients, their families and carers. Such systems will allow multidisciplinary care teams to record and communicate patient preferences and wishes to other carers.

Helping Greater Manchester:

Cruarch Associates were commissioned by the Greater Manchester Academic Health and Science Network (GMAHSN) to review and support their EPaCCS Programme across Greater Manchester. More specifically to provide necessary management and planning support for their project managers with deployments of their EPaCCS solutions across ten localities in Greater Manchester. Cruarch launched an enabling project called the “EPaCCS Implementation Dashboard” Project to sit alongside the wider GM EPaCCS programme and provide a number of enabling tools. These tools included:

“Systems thinking” workshops to help stakeholders better understand potential benefits arising from EPaCCS deployments as well as impacts to patients, clinicians and business as usual.

Developing a dashboard with business intelligence and analytics (metrics) to support effective deployments of EPaCCS across the GM localities.

This work was successfully completed within time and budget. For background details on our strategy, approach and the benefits realised to date please use the link below view our paper “GMAHSN Cruarch EPaCCS Greater Manchester”. If you would like some help with your EPaCCS deployments or simply to have a chat with us, please Contact us.

GMAHSN Cruarch EPaCCS Greater Manchester Document

Case Study: NI Connected Health Innovation Centre – Pediatric Gait Project

This project involved working with a number of Northern Ireland based SMEs and Academia to develop a solution in which readily available technology, used in many mobile and wearable devices, could be adapted into mechanical products or embedded within materials or technical textiles in order to collect analytical data that would enable clinicians to validate their treatment strategies and product prescriptions.

Case Study: NI Medicines Management Collaborative Network

Cruarch Associates facilitated a Collaborative Network of SMEs, clinicians, academia and larger business in a 12 month scoping study of medicines management and clinical trial evaluations focused on developing a local infrastructure to support analytical innovation in that market sector.