CIPHA programme wins Best Use of Data award

The Combined Intelligence for Population Health Action (CIPHA) programme, which provides an integrated and shared intelligence base to support partners across region when managing COVID-19 outbreaks has scooped the Best Use of Data awards at the Health Tech Awards.

Delivered through the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership’s Digital Programme, the CIPHA project has made a real difference, helping to support the Liverpool mass testing pilot that informed UK Government policy, and it was also utilised to help the national Events Research Programme in building a COVID safety-net, to allow events to reopen across the UK.

It was initially funded through NHSX to support the Partnership in developing a population health platform, to manage the COVID crisis and drive COVID recovery.

To achieve this, the programme team worked closely with Graphnet, to rapidly implement (within a remarkable 90 day period) a population health management platform called CIPHA, that helped to ensure a steady flow of securely stored real-time data feeds from all local NHS and Social Care providers and national data sets to deliver consistent, coherent and actionable dashboards across the region.

Due to the programme’s success within the first year it was funded, NHSX has since funded a CIPHA expansion programme based on the CIPHA blueprint (with a population coverage of circa 17 million), and the programme as a whole is now not just helping to inform population-level planning and the targeting of direct care interventions solely within Cheshire and Merseyside, but across the whole country.

Professor Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health for Liverpool, and lead Director for CIPHA said:

“Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in developing CIPHA. This award is greatly deserved, and I would like to thank everybody that has supported the programme since its inception.

“The dedication and commitment from all those involved across health, public health, social care, academia, and tech systems suppliers has really shone through and this is a brilliant example of collaboration to get the right data, to the right people at the right time.”

The 2021 HTN Awards ceremony was held on 7th October, and the awards help to share and celebrate digital teams, programmes, innovations and suppliers that have made a measurable difference to care and services.