A pilot scheme to provide better integration of care for diabetes sufferers and people over the age of 75 in North West London is to continue for a second year. The project, which uses the Apollo A3 audit tool to collect and collate data from GP practices, has led to the creation of 18,453 care plans in its first year.
Whilst it is too early to draw firm conclusions, initial evidence suggests that the ICP is having a significant impact on activity trends. Participating ICP practices experienced a 6.6% reduction in non-elective elderly medical specialty admissions between July 2011 and Jan 2012 compared to the same period the previous year. This compares to a 0.3% increase for non-participating practices across the same area.
Dr Aumran Tahir, ICP Clinical Co-Director & IT Co-Chair for the ICP says: “Working with Apollo provides huge benefits for the project, as the Apollo solution does not cause any disruption to the practices involved due to it being automated and running out of working hours. The solution works in the background and only targets the data agreed and substantiated in our case for Information Governance. The solution also operates a tried and tested secure communications service for all reports.”