PERFORMANCE: One of the country’s largest acute trusts is to embark on a research project collecting patient data to improve health outcomes across its patch, HSJ has learned.

Insights for Care, a research partnership between Heart of England Foundation Trust, consultancy firm Monitor Deloitte and pharmaceutical company MSD, is expected to launch next month. MSD will fund the project.

Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

The project will initially focus on collecting data from diabetes patients

While details of the scheme, including the cost and how long it will run for, are still being finalised, HSJ has been told that it will initially focus on collecting data from diabetes patients.

The data will be anonymised and no patient identifiable information will be releases, a Heart of England spokeswoman said. The data will be stored on Monitor Deloitte’s servers.

The spokeswoman added: “The objective of Insights for Care is to improve patient outcomes and improve the efficiency of the healthcare system.

“It will be delivered through a ‘real world evidence project’ to capture patient level data, to understand how patients use health services.

“We’re initially focusing on patients with diabetes and the information generated will be analysed to build better clinical pathways, reduce patient level variance and treatment and outcomes.

“[It will also] identify vulnerable patient groups and assess the effectiveness of current treatments.”