We are pleased to announce we have secured funding for 10 months from HDRUK to initiate our OpenPathology project, which aims to make an innovative new tool showing comparative data on pathology test requests made by GPs, modelled on our OpenPrescribing.net. In this initial phase we will rapidly develop a prototype “OpenPathology” tool using regional datasets.
Alongside our existing DataLab team, we are pleased to be working with physician and researcher Jack O’Sullivan, and consultant medical microbiologist Tom Lewis, joint clinical lead for the NHS Improvement ‘Getting It Right First Time’ (GIRFT) Pathology programme.
We are aiming to:
- Build infrastructure to securely import, store and analyse pathology datasets;
- Normalise the data;
- Create a website to appropriately display data on testing rates for each major test type;
- Create standard measures with clinicians;
- Deploy and iteratively improve throughout agile development cycles.
So, we are recruiting!
If you’re keen to join us as a researcher on this project and across our other work, read about what we’re looking for, and apply, here.
Learn more / get involved
If you are interested in getting involved in any other way please contact us. You can follow our progress via OpenPathology.net (major updates); our blog; and our regular OpenPrescribing newsletter (sign up on the OpenPrescribing homepage).
You may also be interested to read our previous publications on pathology testing data: local variation in test requesting and results, national variation in request rates, and national trends in test usage over a 15-year period.