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Health data research innovation gateway

PA Consulting is featured in the British Computer Society’s publication, IT Now, for its work with Health Data Research UK. 

The article looks at the build process for the new HDR UK Innovation Gateway which is providing unprecedented insight into the UK’s landscape of health data assets, which can support innovative research in academia, industry and the NHS.

The article goes on to describe the development and delivery of the Gateway. Following the input from the design and dialogue phase, HDR embarked on agile testing of the core concept of the Gateway by building a minimum viable product (MVP). A pre-existing analogous platform, Health Data Finder, had previously been built by PA Consulting (funded by the National Institute for Health Research).

The article explains that HDR adopted an open procurement approach and then whittled the responses down to a short list of three teams, one of which was PA Consulting. The teams were challenged to an eight week rapid development task to build a key component of the Gateway. PA was selected to co-develop the Gateway with HDR UK over the next two years, consisting of four, six-month milestones up to April 2022. The selection was made by HDR UK, external representation and patient and public participation.

In the article HDR explain that: “In February 2020 a key insight came from our development partners, PA Consulting, during the selection exercise, where the value of establishing relationships between datasets, tools, projects and other resources might drive better user experience. The target customer experience (TCE) developed by PA Consulting allowed us to describe the vision for the user journeys for our key stakeholders, allowing us to challenge progress against it.”

Read the full article in IT Now

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