Can interactive data visualisation help clinicians improve patient care?

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

  • Run by North East Quality Observatory Service (NEQOS) based at Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Aiming to improve the way in which interactive data visualisation is used by clinicians so that it can lead to improvements in quality of care. 
  • Will explore clinicians’ requirements of data tools and adapt existing data visualisation outputs, creating an exemplar output for future piloting.
  • Project will run from October 2018 to December 2019.

Interactive data visualisation (DV) tools are increasingly being used by NHS clinicians. These tools can pull together information from multiple data sources and allow the user to choose their graphical outputs. They can be used with real-time operational data to identify how quality of care could be improved.  

However, it is not always clear how useful DV tools are to clinicians or whether they can in fact lead to actionable outcomes. This project by NEQOS will explore clinician requirements for engaging with these tools.

The NEQOS provides a quality measurement service to NHS organisations across the North East region and beyond. It produces high-quality reports to inform clinicians about areas of health care quality that they might need to address and to help them track improvements over time. This project will look at whether more bespoke DV or other data interfaces may be more in line with clinician requirements.

The project team will explore what clinicians need when it comes to interacting with data on quality of care; identify the range of interactive DV tools available for use in the NHS; and adapt a sample of NEQOS analytical products to produce an exemplar tool format, which can then be piloted.

By improving the way in which clinicians interact with DV, and adapting the tools they use, the project aims to increase the impact of analytical tools on the quality of clinical care. The team will also produce a set of generic design principles for the use of DV in the NHS.

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