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Data Hub supports Test and Trace in Liverpool

Sentinel’s Data Hub has contributed to Liverpool’s success in reducing the spread of Covid-19 across the city.

Previously experiencing the UK’s highest infection rate, the Government responded by imposing Tier 3 restrictions across the city and then carrying out the country’s first mass-testing programme.

Test and Trace has played an important role in halting the spread of the virus and this has involved significant work by Liverpool City Council in tracing individuals that Public Health England have been unable to identify.

With the council already using Sentinel’s Data Hub to identify vulnerable families across the city, it was a logical step to use the Hub technology to help find contacts who have needed to isolate due to close contact with a Covid case.

This was achieved by using the Hub to bring together NHS data and information from Council Tax records to form a single dataset for the Test and Trace team to access.

“Data from the two sources is fed into Liverpool’s Hub which quickly matches names to addresses and telephone numbers that have enabled the council’s tracers to make contact,” said Sentinel Partners director, Graham McCusker.

“Whilst the Hub was originally installed to help identify families in need of support, it’s application has been much broader. We’re delighted that it has proved its versatility and been able to make a difference at such a critical time, and for little additional cost.”

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