A Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Berkshire has won an international award for its use of population health management software to identify people who are risk of hospital admission.

East Berkshire CCG scooped the 2018 Starfield Award at the Johns Hopkins ACG System 2018 International Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The award is in recognition for their innovative work in relation to a project “Population Profiling to Support a New Model of Clinical Delivery”.

The project used the ACG System to identify people who were at risk of hospital admission and provide them with suitable care and support.

This was backed up by access to a GP to provide them with advice and treatment to keep them safe at home.

The award was accepted by Mrs. Sangeeta Saran, East Berkshire CCG’s Associate Director of Planned Care, who presented the CCG’s work to the conference.

She said: “The ACG system has allowed us to support patients more proactively.

“This award demonstrates what we can achieve by working together.”

The system, developed at Johns Hopkins University, has been used within the NHS since 2009 to identify patients who are most at risk of admission to hospital.

This is done by integrating data from primary and secondary care.

In a separate story in November 2017, Digital Health News reported how NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) signed a deal with Orion Health to develop an integrated digital care record (IDCR) to support older people at home.