Along with many other commissioners, NHS Cumbria CCG was spending a significant amount of time collecting and analysing quality and performance data from multiple practices. It was keen to find a more effective networked solution which had a positive impact on anticoagulation patient population outcomes as well as saving time and money.
NHS Cumbria CCG is a pioneer of digital health and is very well respected across the UK for its use of digital technologies to streamline and enhance healthcare. INRstar’s anticoagulation management software is used in over 3,500 locations across the UK. INRstar has already been deployed successfully across Primary and Secondary Care anticoagulation services throughout NHS Cumbria CCG, including GP practices, Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC), University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Furness General Hospital and Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
In order to achieve a networked anticoagulation solution, NHS Cumbria CCG deployed INRstar’s central analysis tool, INRstar analytics in July 2015, which enables the CCG to monitor anticoagulation services across an area easily and efficiently, with instant access to data across INRstar locations. The analytics tool means the CCG can quickly and easily collect and calculate National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) audit requirements and calculate Time in Therapeutic Range (TTR) for patients.
“We used to have to involve people in sending out audit forms for the NPSA and I had to put together all the results. It is now literally done with a click of a button – it saves a huge amount of time!” – Sue Bennett, Lead Pharmacist for Anticoagulation Management, NHS Cumbria CCG.
NHS Cumbria CCG wanted to provide enhanced services for anticoagulation management across its practices within 6 localities. It deployed INRstar successfully across all GP practices and then, as part of the CCG’s ongoing networked approach, it installed INRstar’s award winning analytics. This enabled commissioners to access real-time data in order to monitor and evaluate anticoagulation services, highlighting locations that are doing well and those that might need assistance and – as a result – improving overall patient outcomes and commissioning efficiencies.
The solution supports clinical leads, practices and commissioners to work together to improve the safe use of warfarin and support the agenda to reduce the risk of strokes in the population.
Sue Bennett, Lead Pharmacist for Anticoagulation including warfarin management on behalf of NHS Cumbria CCG, heads up the team that oversaw the deployment. She explains: “We wanted to be able to collate TTR data quickly and easily and to speed up the time consuming process of collecting and analysing data for NPSA audits. Now that we have INRstar analytics, we have all relevant data at our fingertips – it is really useful. In the past we spent a huge amount of time putting together information for the NPSA audits. Now we can collate and manage the audit really quickly and easily. This not only saves time for me, but also for the 70 practices that now use the solution.”
INRstar analytics information does not have patient level or patient identifiable data.
Sue continues: “The team at INRstar have been really helpful. They have also helped us to create a grouping localities for the 6 localities which means we can now analyse and report on this basis. This has been hugely helpful and time saving. We used to have to involve people in sending out audit forms for the NPSA and I had to put together all the results. It is now literally done with a click of a button – it saves a huge amount of time!”
Tags: anticoagulation, anticoagulation management software, Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC), Furness General Hospital, INRstar, INRstar analytics, NHS Cumbria CCG, NPSA, Primary Care, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Secondary Care, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust