Research lead: Ben Brown, University of Manchester
Researchers from The University of Manchester have developed computer software for GP practices that analyses patient data to suggest what steps could be taken to improve their care.
Often patients do not receive care recommended by best practice guidelines. Data that already exists within medical records can be analysed by software to help doctors change this. The problem is that existing software does not do this in a very effective way.
Instructions were developed from existing scientific literature to guide how best to design such software and make it fit for purpose. This was used to design PINGR – the Performance Improvement plaN GeneratoR. PINGR was tested in laboratories with software experts and GPs to make sure it could be used easily. Then it was put on trial and given to a number of GP practices for them to use on their patients. In this final stage, information was collected to track how the GPs used the software and evaluated whether it had the potential to improve care.