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OBH, the full nine years!

Last week saw OBH’s 9th birthday. I often take this point each year to reflect on where we are on OBH’s original mission; to support health and care systems in […]

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OBH featured in the DIT Digital Health Playbook ‘Beyond 100’

OBH has been featured in the Department for International Trade (DIT) Digital Health Playbook ‘Beyond 100’.

The Digital Health Playbook showcases UK innovators in the fields of Data & Analytics, Systems & Transformation, Healthy Aging.OBH were selected based on our track-record of working collaboratively within Healthcare UK (DIT), our innovation in digital health, and our commitment to export and expand internationally.

Find out more and see the full Playbook here: https://bit.ly/3HnSAQw

Defining multimorbidity article published

The final output of work conducted by a research partnership between Guy’s & St Thomas’​ Foundation King’s College London and Outcomes Based Healthcare on defining multimorbidity within local areas has been published in BMC Family Practice!

Defining multimorbidity has proved elusive in spite of attempts to standardise definitions. For locally based studies, the definition may need to better reflect local demographic, inequality and morbidity patterns.

We aimed to define multimorbidity for an inner-city, multi-ethnic, deprived, younger population typical of many large cities. We present a process and criteria for selecting LTCs to be included within a locality-based consensual definition of multimorbidity.

Redefining multimorbidity for an urban context has many important implications for understanding the progression of LTCs. Understanding how they relate to each other within an urban context is vital. The paper also introduces research currently underway to explore potential ‘gateway conditions’ which, if managed appropriately, might potentially delay or prevent progression to other conditions.

Read the full article here: https://bmcprimcare.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12875-021-01477-x 

Value-Based Healthcare Report feature by Creasphere

We have been featured in the Creasphere Insights Report on insights and trends in value-based healthcare alongside other organisations working in this space. 

Our mission to drive health system improvement through the measurement and incentivisation of health outcomes that matter most to people and patients is at the centre of all our work. So it’s brilliant to see this important report highlighting the potential to improve health systems through this approach.

Take a look at the Creasphere Insights Report here: https://bit.ly/3Ny7585

CEO Rupert Speaks at NHSE Population Health Management Community of Practice event

In December, Rupert spoke at the third Community of Practice event for population health management leads across ICSs, organised by NHS England’s System Transformation Group.

The event began with updates from the group, followed by the keynote session focusing on enablers and outcomes of integrating health and social care at an international level. The afternoon sessions allowed delegates to participate in a variety of workshops, with topics including the measuring of health outcomes, the role of an integrated care record in supporting PHM, as well as segmentation and integration.

Speaking specifically on the measurement of health outcomes, Rupert discussed the particular segmentation requirements for outcome measurement. This included how OBH ‘segments’ populations using a version of the Bridges to Health model, built around the unique features of NHS health and care data. This evolved into an interesting discussion around child health and young adults, notably on how population segmentation requirements may fundamentally differ for this cohort.

OBH support multiple Long-Term Conditions programme with King’s College London

In November, OBH started a new programme of work with King’s College London, on understanding multiple Long-Term Conditions in Lambeth and Southwark, funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’s Charity (GSTTc). The programme aims to explore and understand people who are at high risk of developing multiple long-term conditions, and delay their onset or prevent the development of multimorbidity.

OBH have been building models around defining, identifying and understanding people with long-term conditions as part of their work on the development of the Bridges to Health segmentation data model. They will be bringing this expertise to the programme, and expanding the evaluation and analysis to deep dive into multimorbidity. With both national and international approaches to defining a LTC and multiple-LTCs varying significantly, the initial stage of the project involves developing and collectively agreeing upon a definition. This is a crucial part of any work on multimorbidity as stated by the recent Academy of Medical Sciences report on multimorbidity. The long-term conditions that will be defined in scope of the programme will be included based on those conditions that impact people’s lives, that are highly prevalent, and that are most referenced by national and international sources.

We look forward to working with GSTT Charity and King’s College through the duration of this programme; with the ambitious vision of further understanding progression, and delaying or preventing the onset of multimorbidity.

The official launch of the OBH Clinical Associates Network!

This December saw the official launch of the OBH Clinical Associates Network!

CEO Rupert spoke to a full house as he welcomed everyone to the event, beginning with a brief overview of our work on value, outcomes and population segmentation across the NHS over the last 5 years. This was followed by presentations from our two guest speakers. Ivan Beckley (UCL Medical student, MSc Data science) firstly discussed his incredible journey so far as a medical student, including his experience as an intern at OBH, as well as his thoughts on AI and it’s role within the future of the NHS. Toby Colgate-Stone (Consultant Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon and OBH Clinical Associate) then followed, providing a fascinating talk around his work at King’s College Foundation Trust, discussing ways in which he has seen and experienced the implementation of value on the front-line.

It was fantastic to see so many people interested in being part of the value-based community in the UK. We look forward to hosting our next Clinical Associates Network event soon!

If you are a clinician/medical student interested in joining the OBH Clinical Associates Network, visit the page on our website to find out more.

CEO Rupert speaks at King’s Fund Annual Conference

CEO Rupert joined IBM’s Chief Health Officer Dr Kyu Rhee, IBM’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Mark Davies and IBM’s Senior Healthcare Consultant, Alan Campbell in a panel discussion on the first day of the King’s Fund Annual Conference.

With a specific focus on the way in which NHS England’s Health Systems Support Framework can support population health and integrated care, the panel discussed data and analytics readiness, data governance challenges, and the importance of including the entire population and their needs in that analysis. Following the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s Prevention Strategy, an important focus on primary prevention for people who are currently in good health was also discussed. Using data analysis techniques such as machine learning and AI, integrated care systems can have the insights that will enable them to understand those most at risk of developing long-term conditions, for example, and interventions that are most likely to delay their onset of chronic conditions.

The session was part of the two-day King’s Fund conference focusing on population and public health, finance and funding, integrated care systems and the relationship between the public and the NHS.

OBH’s official Clinical Associates Network launch event!

We are excited to announce that we our hosting our first ever Clinical Associates Network event! A great opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and learn more about value-based payments, outcomes measurement and HEALTHSPAN.

There will be a brief presentation on value-based healthcare and outcomes, as well as an overview of OBH’s current work (including HealthSpan) with the NHS. Guests will then hear from two current members of the network, Dr Toby Colgate-Stone (Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at King’s College Hospital) and Ivan Beckley (UCL Medical student and former OBH intern) and hear their thoughts on current value and outcomes work in the UK and the future of the NHS.

If you’re already a member or a clinician/medical student interested in our work at OBH, register here and join us on Tuesday 4th December from 5-8pm at the King’s Fund!

The OBH Clinical Associates Network is formed of clinicians and medical students who are dedicated to growing the value-based community in the UK and globally.

Ellie selected for Value-Based Healthcare Delivery course at Harvard!

Our very own Senior Health Outcomes Analyst Ellie has been selected for the Value-Based Healthcare Delivery course at Harvard Business School in Boston!

The one-week intensive seminar will include a variety of faculty topic lectures, panel discussions and case studies highlighting real-life examples of how organisations and health systems can implement value-based delivery models. Ellie will join Rupert, Juliana and Nasrin, and a large number of our Clinical Associates in having completed this course.

We are all delighted for Ellie and hope she enjoys this fantastic opportunity!