The UK has amongst the highest asthma rates in the world, as well as some of the poorest health outcomes from asthma.
To help address this, we plan to develop a Learning Health System (LHS) for asthma.
The LHS will allow real-time access to, and interrogation of, a wide range of data sources to provide tailored feedback to health care professionals in a format that they can readily action.
We will make use of the UK’s rich electronic general practice data, linking this with data on community prescribing, NHS 24 use, A&E attendance, hospital admission/mortality, and more widely with data on education, pollution/weather, and census data.
We will evaluate how well general practices are performing according to national recommendations for quality of asthma care, and feedback our findings on a continuous basis to enhance improvements in asthma care.
Our ultimate goal is to create a continuous monitoring system that will enable general practitioners, patients, policymakers, and asthma investigators to appraise, in real-time, the progress being made in improving the quality of asthma care.
The Farr Institute – Health Informatics Research Network
NERC/CSO/MRC Improving Health with Environmental Data