A leading American health care company is being drafted into Leeds in a UK first.
Care firm Alere has agreed to work with health and social care providers in Leeds to see if it can apply its “health care platform” to progress the bid to create a ground-breaking single electronic health record.
Such technology could form a model for all NHS services and would enable a patient’s entire care team to access comprehensive information on a person’s care and encourage different professionals to work together.
Alere and Leeds parties will work together for up to two months on how the services would be delivered before potentially entering a publicly funded agreement.
If successful, the move could see Alere create a UK base in the city, creating hundreds of jobs over the next two years.
Jason Broch, GP and clinical chair of the NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are looking to collaborate with Alere to demonstrate how we can work with partners from both health and social care and the private sector to deliver innovative solutions that have a profound impact on the care our patients receive.”
The work will support that of the Leeds Innovation Health Hub (LIHH), which is chaired by Leeds and Partners and made up of key players such as health providers, commissioners, Leeds City Council, universities and the private sector.
Lurene Joseph, chief executive of Leeds and Partners and chair at LIHH, said: “The LIHH is adopting a game-changing approach in order to establish Leeds as the UK’s leading centre for health and innovation.”
Leeds and Partners has stated that patient data will remain securely held by the NHS and not shared with Alere.
Sumit Nagpal, from Alere, added that technology is key to delivering better care and managing costs.