Dr. Ben Brown, former PhD student at the Health eResearch Centre, has specialised in health informatics and software development since 2010. After completing an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship, he became a GP in 2014, and began his PhD in the same year.
One of Ben’s major PhD research projects was ‘PINGR’, a software system developed to help GP practices close gaps between current patient care and best practice guidelines. PINGR does this by analysing patients’ medical records on a daily basis and comparing them against the best practice guidelines, then using this information to suggest care options to GPs. For example, if PINGR finds a patient has uncontrolled blood pressure, it may suggest an alternative medication.
PINGR has been integrated into the systems of 20 GP practices in Salford, where it has now been active for 18 months. So far, the implementation of PINGR has been successful: patients of the GP practices have seen improvements to their health care. If the success of the project continues, PINGR could be implemented in other GP practices outside Salford.