NHS England plans unified data platform

NHS England and Improvement is aiming to create a unified data access layer across its range of platforms.

Work has begun the on the alpha phase and it is looking for delivery assistance for the programme to consolidate processes and technology around a common platform.

The organisation is working with legacy IT systems after its merger from two bodies last year, with different data platforms, techniques and approaches to data processing. This has been duplicating effort, creating unnecessary costs and making it harder to provide insights.

A statement also noted problems in responding to needs for integrated care systems and technologies such as advanced analytics and artificial intelligence.

NHS England and Improvement has therefore developed what the procurement notice described as a ‘tactical solution’ to tide it over until a permanent one is implemented. This is aimed at supporting the work of analysts, policy officials, service managers and data governance leads.

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