30 March 2022

Matt Grek on why we publish

In our ever-pulsating digital world, it feels like there is infinite shelf space for more and more content. In this blog Matt Grek explains the Health Economics Unit approach to […]

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23 February 2022

Data linkage: the missing link for population health management

A new ‘Guide to data linkage’ has been published by NHS England, aimed at anyone involved in the planning and delivery of health and care, from GP practices and secondary […]

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21 January 2022

Population Health Finance: Why allocative efficiency should be embedded in NHS finance processes

One of the key principles in economics is scarcity. There is not enough resource to meet all needs. As healthcare professionals, I am sure we can all recognise this theory. […]

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14 January 2022

Bridging the Impactibility Gap: New Review Published

The Health Economics Unit (HEU) has published a new BMJ Open paper exploring how Impactibility can bridge the gap in population health management. The paper details a systematic review of […]

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21 December 2021

NECCTAR – a year of making a difference in critical care

As the North East London Critical Care Transfer And Retrieval (NECCTAR) Service approaches the end of its first year of operation, the country is once again facing a COVID level […]

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13 December 2021

PULSE PCN insights Winter 2021

In April 2021 PULSE magazine launched PULSE PCN as a the new hub containing information for primary care network clinical directors. They’ve just interviewed Andi Orlowski for the Winter 2021 […]

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10 December 2021

And the winner is… causal inference!

This year’s Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences has been awarded today, with Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens being recognised for their contributions to the analysis of causal relationships. Here Bruno […]

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19 November 2021

Using Directed Acyclic Graphs to understand cause and effect

In the summer the Health Economic Unit’s expert senior econometrician Bruno Petrungaro had the opportunity to speak to participants of the Midlands Decision Support Network’s quasi-experimental approaches ALS about Directed Acyclic […]

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12 November 2021

How the Aristotle portal helps health leaders put data to ‘the best purpose’

Population Health Management is a core principle of our work at the Health Economics Unit (HEU) and we are proud to be able to collaborate with and support innovators at […]

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10 November 2021

Meet Rayne: Making a Difference to Healthcare

At the Health Economics Unit (HEU) we are proud of our passionate team of experts, who have an incredible range of skills and experience. But we know that our people […]

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22 September 2021

How to incorporate data scientists into the workforce

What role can data scientists and analysts play in the workforce of our healthcare systems and how can they work effectively alongside clinicians and operational managers? These were subjects that […]

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10 September 2021

How population health analytics can influence change

As the NHS braces itself for a surge of patients who have been putting their health issues to one side during the COVID-19 pandemic, what can be done to target […]

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3 September 2021

Expert Machine Learning Course for ICS Analysts

Integrated Care System (ICS) analysts are being offered the opportunity to learn today’s most in-demand machine learning skills from experts. The course, which would usually cost analysts £1,470 to attend, […]

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31 August 2021

Professor Gwyn Bevan on the STAR approach

Professor Gwyn Bevan has been instrumental in the development of the STAR (Socio-technical allocation of resource) approach to allocative efficiency. Health Economics Unit (HEU) director Andi Orlowski recently had the […]

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23 August 2021

Building a predictive model

Bruno Petrungaro, Senior Econometrician, lead for machine learning training via the AnalystX platform on the FutureNHS Collaboration site, shares knowledge and best practice on building a predictive model. There tends […]

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19 August 2021

HEU responds to government’s new data strategy

On 23 June 2021, the UK government published a draft of its new national data strategy: Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data. Given that the main […]

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16 August 2021

It’s all about creating collaboration…

In recent months, the Health Economics Unit (HEU) has been supporting Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust on developing a case for the long-term provision of cleaners, porters and catering staff […]

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12 August 2021

COVID-19 and cancer: Our opportunity to maximise recovery in the NHS and beyond

Andi Orlowski, Director at the Health Economics Unit (HEU), presented at the HSJ National Cancer Virtual Forum on 8 April 2021. It was one of a series of HSJ webinars that […]

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9 August 2021

Real-world data as an effective response to COVID pressures in critical care

Jonathon Dean, Critical Care Hub doctor from Barts Health NHS Trust, is a member of the North East London Critical Care Hub, a group created in response to COVID. Here, […]

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5 August 2021

Launching the AnalystX machine learning community

Bruno Petrungaro, senior econometrician, describes the launch of the new AnalystX machine learning space on the FutureNHS Collaboration Platform. In March 2021, Julia Wilkins and I gave a talk online […]

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2 August 2021

Working together is crucial to tackle wider determinants

What are wider determinants of health and why do they matter so much? Andi Orlowski spoke on the subject at the Together for Health conference in April 2021, for local […]

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30 July 2021

Using data to help fight high stroke rates in Hounslow

Dr Sadia Khan, Consultant Cardiologist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has been working with us to investigate whether a local quality improvement initiative has impacted on hospital admissions […]

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9 July 2021

Population health management: the time is now

We are always delighted to collaborate with our brilliant partners. We recently joined forces with colleagues from Novartis UK and NHS Nottingham & Nottinghamshire CCG on an article for the […]

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29 June 2021

HEU supports NHS knowledge sharing on an international scale

Anthony Anandan, an experienced life sciences and healthcare consultant, recently supported HEU in bringing together a team of NHS experts to deliver workshops on payment systems, tariffs, and value for […]

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28 June 2021

Embracing digital data is key to bring health products to market

Adopting a forward-thinking approach to digital technology – and the opportunities it offers for data collection – will become increasingly vital for companies looking to see their products incorporated by […]

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7 June 2021

Shining a light on the NHS data analytics ‘stockpile of awesomeness’

Andi Orlowski of the Health Economics Unit (HEU) and the Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts (AphA) recently joined John McConnell on the ‘Fika: The Leadership podcast’. The podcast features contributors who […]

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1 June 2021

Six months of the Health Economics Unit

Launched in October 2020 the Health Economics Unit supports health system and industry leaders to make evidence-based decisions when it comes to designing services to best meet the needs of […]

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25 May 2021

Developing collaboration between the NHS and industry partners

It’s no secret the NHS needs industry to develop innovation, but industry must understand the needs of the NHS in order to provide solutions. Head of Data and Analytics Julia […]

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13 May 2021

Investigating why patients stop taking their lifesaving medication for atrial fibrillation

A recent systematic review into oral anticoagulation therapy (OAC) for atrial fibrillation has shown that more investigation is needed into the reasons why a high number of patients stop taking […]

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30 April 2021

KID and KeRNEL: integrated data resources for health and care research

The Health Economics Unit (HEU) is working with the integrated data team that works collaboratively across Kent and Medway to promote and facilitate access to its extensive integrated dataset for […]

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30 March 2021

Data and solving the health inequalities commissioning conundrum

It has been 50 years since Julian Tudor Hart published his article The Inverse Care Law,1 and while many things have changed, it seems that much has not. In the […]

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15 March 2021

COVID-19 effect on cancer referrals: a portrait of health inequalities

Following her talk at the HSJ National Cancer Virtual Forum on 11 March 2021, Heather Humphreys, updates about what we can learn by analysing the delivery and recovery of urgent […]

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5 March 2021

PHM and using R to create causal models

Bruno Petrungaro, Senior Econometrician and Andi Orlowski, Director of the Health Economics Unit presented at the third NHS-R Community conference in November on Causal Inference in Population Health Management. Here, […]

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5 March 2021

Using evaluation to turn the promise of innovation into reality

Dr Wayne Smith, Head of Economics, the Health Economics Unit, discusses how evaluations can assess the impact of innovations and technological developments in health care and support their adoption into […]

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5 March 2021

The importance of thinking ‘inside’ the box when making a decision

Heather Humphreys, The Health Economics Unit’s Lead Analyst and Health Economist, explains why decision makers in health care need to be clear about exactly what they’re deciding on, and what […]

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5 January 2021

Using real-time data and predictive analytics to improve cancer outcomes

Andi Orlowski, Director of the Health Economics Unit; James Peach, Commercial Director of DATA-CAN: The Health Data Research Hub for Cancer; and Deborah Lancaster, Head of Market Access Oncology at […]

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3 December 2020

Dangerous analytics and how local analysts can save you!

With analytics being a key part in directing our COVID response, managing health systems and underpinning population health management, Andi Orlowski, Director of the MLCSU-hosted Health Economics Unit, explains why […]

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1 December 2020

Planning for the people you might see tomorrow

Andi Orlowski, Director of the Health Economics Unit and Dr Steven Laitner, General Practitioner and Health Consultant, discuss the importance of primary care networks supporting the well population as well […]

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29 October 2020

Effective stroke drugs are saving the NHS millions

A new paper outlining the clinical and budget impacts of the changes in OAC prescribing from The Health Economics Unit. It also shows how GPs managed to treat an additional […]

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