Population health data system used in government Covid research


The Cheshire & Merseyside Combined Intelligence for Population Health Action (CIPHA) system was used to allow reopening of events.

The solution, which is based on Graphnet Health’s CareCentric, was used at a recent club night at the Circus and Sefton Park music festival.

The Liverpool events are part of the government’s events research agenda, which means they are exempt from broader Covid regulations, including the rule of six. The results gathered from the program will inform government policy on reopening events.

The CIPHA, which was funded by the NHSX, is being used to match Covid test results with ticket purchases to inform research and ensure that any transmission of the virus is properly monitored. Individuals purchasing tickets for events must register their contact details for the data to be transmitted to CIPHA.

As a condition of entry, each ticket holder is required to undergo a lateral flow test performed at an approved testing center with a negative result. Ticket holders also have PCR testing after the event. This data is then available for research.

Gary Leeming of CIPHA, and director of the Liverpool City Area Civic Data Co-operative, said: “Being able to manage research data in this way has been essential for the national event management program and we really are. delighted to have been able to respond so quickly. “

Cheshire & Merseyside Integrated Care System developed the CIPHA platform to underpin its Covid-19 responses, enabling world premieres such as the Liverpool Community Mass Test Pilot. The program is managed in partnership between the region’s NHS, local authorities and the University of Liverpool.

The cloud-based system connects the health and care information of 2.5 million people from all parts of the system, including acute care trusts, general practice, community and mental health trusts , local authorities and services 999 and 111.

This means that Graphnet software is used by approximately 1,000 people through the patch and daily status reports are widely distributed.

Brian Waters, Managing Director of Graphnet, added: “The CIPHA program is at the forefront of thinking about collecting and using data to support local and national coronavirus initiatives – both operationally and in terms of scientific research. We are delighted to be working alongside the CIPHA teams.


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