Real-time dashboards for capacity and demand planning are now fully live across Lincolnshire STP, three months after the organisation signed a deal with Cambio Healthcare Systems.

The STP announced in November 2018 that it had selected Cambio to deliver a solution based on its PFM (Patient Flow Manager) product and dashboard technology from its partner Beautiful Information.

From 4 February, the three NHS trusts covered by the STP started taking responsibility for their own data entry resulting in a more complete picture of activity across the health system.

However, the dashboards have been used by urgent care teams before Christmas to record key performance indicators.

Urgent care programme support manager, Philip Huckle, said the solution has attracted a lot of interest among staff.

He added: “Having a snap-shot of the whole healthcare system in one place is hugely convenient and very powerful.

“Once fully operational it will become the go-to place for an immediate picture of activity across the county, which includes finding beds in community and mental health facilities and so relieving pressure on acute services.”

Following the go live, the STP will now focus on implementing a live data feed from the acute and ambulance services, including United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

It is hoped a live feed will help quickly assess the impact of urgent cases so allowing care teams to plan accordingly.

The STP is also planning to have data collection from Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust, and primary care to help create a shared view of regional and local demand.