Cancer informatics consists of key datasets and is used to measure performance of patient outcomes and experiences in addition to how well Trusts meet national cancer standards. This information is vital in improving cancer care pathways to prioritise, benchmark, and monitor impact.
RM Partners has one of the most developed informatics services among the 19 Cancer Alliances in England.
The team has developed an RM Partners-wide scorecard and a series of specific dashboards that can be used by our partner organisations to help them identify areas for improvement within their organisations. These valuable resources and the expertise the informatics team has built up within RM Partners have been used to facilitate clinical discussions, identify priority pathway groups and to review benchmarking data to inform their decision making.
The team has identified 7 priority areas that align with the National Cancer Strategy, and produce metrics in these areas for each tumour type:
- Cancer Waiting Time
- Data Quality
- Patient Experience
- Prevention, Early Diagnosis & Diagnostics
- Living With and Beyond Cancer
- Incidence, Mortality, Survival & Prevalence
We have developed a strong partnership with Public Health England (PHE) to actively engage with Trusts to improve their data quality and develop national tools to enable cancer registration data to be used locally by Cancer Alliances and other NHS stakeholders. The National Cancer Programme at NHS England, with our advice and input, has adopted our model to develop its own cancer service, CADEAS (The Cancer Alliance Data Evidence Analysis Services).