COMMERCIAL: The North of Tyne PCTs have provided a new health information reporting tool to all their GP practices and emerging clinical commissioning groups.

The PCT cluster developed the tool, called RAIDR (Reporting Analysis and Intelligence Delivering Results), and has rolled it out to 111 GP practices in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland as well as the five emerging CCGs covering the North of Tyne area.

The cluster said the tool gives a “quick at-a-glance overview of a whole range of datasets [and] provides the opportunity for comparison, detailing trends and budgeting, and means rational decisions can be made on hard evidence”.

A statement from the cluster says: “RAIDR integrates previously isolated information to gain intelligence from secondary care data, primary care data, prescribing data, QOF data, finance and contracting data, performance data etc.

“The latest secondary care datasets can be viewed and analysed to provide comparative information for practices to monitor performance and usage of service. There is also a weekly data dashboard, direct from acute trusts, showing hospital admissions and discharges. This helps GP practices facilitating initiatives to prevent admissions as well as rapid discharge, including the use of a ‘LACE’ risk score which measures risk of readmission to hospital.”

It adds: “The disease area dashboards show practice performances across of range of indicators specific to a particular disease. These include COPD, diabetes and heart problems. So, for instance, a GP practice can quickly access diabetic drug costs and compare with other practices.

“The prescribing dashboard gives GP practices access to their latest prescribing information, detailing spend against budget, forecasts for year end and performance against incentive scheme indicators. Powerful intelligence is provided by matching primary care to secondary care data and presenting dashboards which can be used to benchmark clinical commissioning groups and practices.”