Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust (LWH) is seeking to expand on its position as one of the eleven NHS England Genomics Medicine Centres (GMCs) to establish a world class research informatics infrastructure for the North West Coast (NWC) area.
As part of the North West Coast GMC becoming an international exemplar for its informatics capability, it asked GE Healthcare Partners to define an overarching Clinical Research Informatics Vision to guide both researchers and informatics leads in making informed decisions about future informatics investments, and to establish a framework across it Local Delivery Partners by which they can share clinical data to support current and future research.
In addition to the Clinical Research Informatics Vision, the GMC requested that this was accompanied by a roadmap application architecture for the ‘desired state’ IT infrastructure, and a Project Plan for implementation to enable the required infrastructure to be put in place at place.
Our team of consultants reviewed ‘current state’ IT infrastructure documentation from Liverpool Women’s and a number of its Delivery Partners in the GMC, as well we undertook desk based research into the latest models of technical architecture, information governance and data management for clinical informatics research purposes. The team also undertook interviews with a number of key potential future users of the service as well as some of the technical staff associated with the GMC to fully understand their requirements.
Having completed the review and consultation stages, the Vision was drafted and agreed with the Project Board before architecture diagrams were developed to reflect the most cost effective and rapid approach to delivering this vision based on the current IT state. Following a number of iterations this was agreed by the
Project Board and a project plan developed to show the key activities and milestones for delivery over a 12 month period.
LWH and NWC GMC now have the documentation required to engage in a conversation with the leading researchers in the Liverpool area (and beyond) through the GMC Translational Medicine Group, which will take responsibility for developing the ‘use cases’ for the future state infrastructure to ensure it meets clinical research needs. The documentation will also be used by the local informatics team to further develop the technical requirements which will be used as part of the planned vendor selection process, and align this with current clinical system procurements.