Government accused of failing NHS Mental Health Services

Posted on 24th August 2015 by Emma Ordidge

      This week it has emerged that spending on mental health care in England over the next year is set to decrease, despite pledges from the government to increase the budget and resources spent on mental health care – to put it on a par with physical health as a part of the… Read more »

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Latest statistics from NHS England

Posted on 17th August 2015 by Emma Ordidge

  According to official data released by NHS England the pressure on the NHS is increasing – with demand for hospital services soaring. Increased demand can be seen for emergency ambulance call outs, A&E admissions, and diagnostic tests. NHS England has responded to the increases with the following quote: “The long-term trend is one of… Read more »

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Healthcare Analytics Market to grow to $18.7bn

Posted on 10th August 2015 by Emma Ordidge

  A recent report published by whatech.com has announced that the global market for healthcare IT analytics is expected to grow by a significant $18.7 billion by 2020, meaning a market growth of 26.5% in just five years. We’ve seen many articles recently explaining the rise of the use of analytics in healthcare organisations. One… Read more »

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Summarising the NHS vanguard program

Posted on 3rd August 2015 by Emma Ordidge

  If you’ve been keeping up to date with the latest health news you will be aware of the fact that as part of the ‘Five Year Forward’ initiative the NHS have announced the beginning of a further eight new vanguard sites – to pilot urgent and emergency care by providing more joined up care… Read more »

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NHS Cancer Reforms – What are the facts?

Posted on 28th July 2015 by Emma Ordidge

  This week has seen the announcement that radical changes are to be made to Cancer Services in the NHS, costing £2 billion and saving an estimated 30,000 lives a year by 2020. So what are the proposed changes set out by the Chief Executive of NHS England Simon Stevens and why are they necessary?… Read more »

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5 Reasons Why YOU Should Use Infographics

Posted on 16th July 2015 by Chris Lewis

Here at Connexica we often say infographics are the best way of displaying data in the modern era. But is there any particular reason why visual representations of facts are better than cold, hard bullet points? Ironically, here are some cold, hard bullet points explaining why infographics are better! Easy to understand A famous study suggested… Read more »

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The Latest NHS Statistics

Posted on 10th July 2015 by Emma Ordidge

With our NHS facing increasing scrutiny and pressure from the public, we have utilised our own search powered business analytic solution CXAIR, to provide you with the latest statistics from the NHS for the first quarter of this financial year. Want more statistics like this? Subscribe to our blog today and be the first to… Read more »

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NHS Cancer Services Data – What are the new requirements?

Posted on 3rd July 2015 by Emma Ordidge

Alongside many other changes occurring in the NHS lately, the way in which Cancer Services are reporting on their data has been reformed and the Cancer Outcomes and Services Dataset has been introduced. The Government believe these changes are necessary requirements to improve patient outcomes for those diagnosed with Cancer, and will aid reaching the… Read more »

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Can better use of technology and data save the NHS?

Posted on 26th June 2015 by Emma Ordidge

It has been predicted that by the year 2020 there will be a significant budget deficit of £22bn within the NHS. This suggests action must be taken in order to allow our national health service to remain a viable organisation. With an ageing population, the recovery period of recession, and increased patient demands all having… Read more »

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A Summary of the Latest NHS Changes

Posted on 19th June 2015 by Emma Ordidge

As our new Government begin to take the reins of what is arguably a health service facing major challenges, we are seeing the beginning of what is set to be a period of significant change within the NHS. Some of these changes were unveiled by our health secretary Jeremy Hunt in a speech to Health… Read more »

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Big Data Analytics in Children and Young People’s Health Services

Posted on 8th June 2015 by Chris Lewis

The Challenge The release of the Children and Young People’s Health Services (CYPHS) data set brings a number of challenges to health organisations. This release introduces new data items and values, alongside renaming of current data items and removal of obsolete data – a major challenge given the short timescale for mandatory submission. As well… Read more »

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What is Enterprise Search?

Posted on 5th June 2015 by Emma Ordidge

Enterprise Search in a nutshell, is the method used by an organisation to help their people seek the information they require from anywhere inside their trust, in any format. As a result of inefficient searching of information over 30% of the work day may be lost, meaning NHS and other health organisations could be losing… Read more »

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Health Analytics – can it save the NHS?

Posted on 2nd June 2015 by Ben Edge

The future of the NHS proved to be a key issue in this year’s general election – cited as the second most important factor to voters just behind immigration. Currently the NHS is in crisis – little to no increase in annual funding has resulted in the institution pushed to the limit. The A&E waiting… Read more »

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How is technology benefiting mental health care?

Posted on 21st May 2015 by Emma Ordidge

    A recent study carried out by the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) has discovered that currently one in four individuals within the U.K each year will suffer from some form of mental illness – including depression, anxiety, drug / alcohol addiction, or eating disorders. Since 2010 there… Read more »

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Big Data Healthcare Analytics – A look at the NHS

Posted on 11th May 2015 by Chris Lewis

Big data analytics in 2015 has been repeatedly stated to be central to the direction of healthcare. However, trusts and heads of procurement see risk in trusting large amounts of money to be invested in big data solutions, making the process of acquiring an analytics solution arduous and difficult. Risk Stratification (in assessing the size… Read more »

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Election 2015 – Who says what about IT and the NHS?

Posted on 6th May 2015 by Chris Lewis

In between the constant rhetoric and name-calling that plagues this frankly embarrassing lead up to the election there are some policies hidden in between the repetitive sound-bites. It might take a bit of digging so we’ve done it for you – specifically the different party’s perspectives about improving the NHS through the use of IT…. Read more »

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5 Ways Paperless BI will Save the World (or at least your printer ink)

Posted on 22nd April 2015 by Chris Lewis

We’ve been talking about going paperless in the office for over forty years but I still see a mound of reports, newsletters, notes and letters cluttering up my office space. Despite Jeremy Hunt’s best assertions that we’d have online health records by March 2015 it seems to be no closer than when we first heard it two years… Read more »

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CXAIR saves CIC £500,000 in six months

Posted on 13th April 2015 by Emma Ordidge

This week’s blog is focusing on one of our most successful CXAIR implementations of 2014. You can read an in depth case study here but if time is of the essence have a read of our blog below giving you the key details of the process. Sirona Care and Health are a not-for-profit community interest… Read more »

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What are the best Easter egg deals? Cracking the cost of curvy chocolate with CXAIR

Posted on 31st March 2015 by Chris Lewis

Eggcellent value or hard-boiled baloney? Easter is here! The roads are clear in the mornings, the kids are at home causing a racket, and most importantly everybody’s favourite festive sweet is on the shelves. Easter brings us chocolate by the kilo, and it can be overwhelming trying to find the best Easter egg deals with… Read more »

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Hyperbole – better than the Superbowl

Posted on 26th March 2015 by Richard Lewis

Honestly, hyperbole (hy-PUR-bə-lee). No exaggeration. It’s the business. It’s great. It takes things to the next level. It’s better than sliced bread. It’s the next big thing… yeah right… talk to the hand. This is the world we live in. Exaggeration, over stating capability, over selling, over pricing and under delivering. Is “Big Data” the… Read more »

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Search-powered business analytics – what is it?

Posted on 23rd March 2015 by Ben Edge

    Business analytics and business intelligence – both are terms that have previously been coined by someone, somewhere, at some time. According to Gartner’s IT glossary, business analytics is: “comprised of solutions used to build analysis models and simulations to create scenarios, understand realities and predict future states. Business analytics includes data mining, predictive… Read more »

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Elementary, Dr Watson…

Posted on 12th March 2015 by Richard Lewis

I was intrigued (for about five minutes) today when I was sent a link to a new IBM Watson demo http://watson-um-demo.mybluemix.net/ The site allows you to enter some of your prose, fiction or non-fiction, and then analyses it to determine the characteristics of the author and the sentiment of the article. The example had a… Read more »

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Big Data Analytics – Using the Right Chart

Posted on 2nd March 2015 by Emma Ordidge

We are constantly reminding users of CXAIR of the vast amount of different chart types available to them. However, it leads us to question, do we always know which chart type will best display our findings? After mulling it over, we decided to put together a fact sheet including all the information we think you… Read more »

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LinkedIn or Left Out?

Posted on 26th February 2015 by Chris Lewis

LinkedIn or Left Out? Do our ‘influencers’ really have that much to say? It seems that despite being populated by the most successful entrepreneurs you can find today and perhaps the greatest businesspeople of our time, Pulse remains to be as clickbait focused and swingy as any other generic online blog. The main difference in… Read more »

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Big Data, Small Ideas, and the word ‘Gargantuan’

Posted on 19th February 2015 by Richard Lewis

Are you getting tired of people talking about big data yet? I am. Who coined the term “big data” in the first place anyway? I started to research this and thought… “Why should I continue to search for someone who decided to describe large amounts of data as big?”, and stopped looking. Surely if you… Read more »

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50 Shades of Business Intelligence

Posted on 17th February 2015 by Chris Lewis

Choosing a big data analytics business partner is much like love. In our endless quest to find the perfect partner it can take more than boasting about sub-second response times and big data analytics – especially with bigger, richer competition waiting in the wings to sweep down on our prospective relationship with their flash cars… Read more »

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Selected CXAIR Case Studies

Posted on 3rd February 2015 by Chris Lewis

Selected CXAIR Case Studies from us and our Partners We know the best way to demonstrate the benefits of CXAIR is through customer testimonials and independent case studies. Here is a short post exploring the different industries CXAIR has been used in, and the case studies that have been produced as a result. Total Intelligence… Read more »

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5 Misconceptions about Search-Based Business Analytics

Posted on 28th January 2015 by Chris Lewis

5 Misconceptions about Search-Based Business Analytics Innovation can always come with a price, and being positioned so differently to other business analytics solutions search-based business analytics solutions can fail to pass the initial ‘looks like what we know’ test. Search-based business analytics solutions are revolutionary in the way they handle data sources with the objective… Read more »

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Top 10 Business Intelligence Trends 2015

Posted on 15th January 2015 by Ben Edge

  2014 was another excellent year for business intelligence with further growth posted and continuing the seemingly constant cycle of growth that has been the hallmark of the BI industry over the last decade. An after-effect of this substantial growth is the constant evolution and change that takes place within the industry. Being the helpful… Read more »

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2015 Healthcare Analytics Predictions

Posted on 12th January 2015 by Chris Lewis

The New Year is well and truly underway, and with the NHS in crisis there are a number of contributing factors to the growth and increased importance of healthcare analytics. Here are some of our predictions, alongside those of industry experts: Self Service The main focus from an analytic perspective will be to improve operational… Read more »

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Connexica Careers – Client & Partner Account Manager

Posted on 6th January 2015 by Chris Lewis

We are a Staffordshire based IT software company specialising in analytics and business intelligence solutions. Due to exceptional growth over the past 18 months, we require a dedicated and talented Account Manager to help support our growing customer and partner base. The Account Manager role will focus heavily on relationship building and management, whilst ensuring… Read more »

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Top 10 Technology Trends for 2015

Posted on 23rd December 2014 by Emma Ordidge

As a technology company we like to keep ourselves up to date with all the latest industry trends and as we enter 2015 Gartner have released a list of what they believe are the Top 10 strategic technology trends for this coming year. For 2015 these trends cover three emerging themes: the merging of virtual… Read more »

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2014 Healthcare Analytics Review

Posted on 22nd December 2014 by Chris Lewis

‘Fragmented, rudimentary and not yet fit for purpose’ Procurement in the healthcare analytics industry has always been a challenge. Most NHS trusts are persisting with their legacy systems due to the number of risk factors associated with upgrading and updating their systems. However, this fear of change and assumption that tried and tested is the… Read more »

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What Happened to our Digital Rights?

Posted on 17th December 2014 by Chris Lewis

The so-called ‘Black Friday’ sales seemed to have the desired effect on my family and friends. Between colleagues doing their entire Christmas shopping before it’s even December and family going from no XBOX ONE for the next 2 years to XBOX ONE with 6 games and all the mod cons. I can’t really complain about… Read more »

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Crossing Blockbuster Cinema with Business Analytics

Posted on 9th December 2014 by Chris Lewis

Interstellar has been out for a few weeks, so perhaps this blog is about old news. However, from my viewing of it, the intergalactic mind-bender of a movie will probably remain in the memory for years to come. The Nolanification of modern cinema can be traced back to Christopher Nolan’s interpretation of Batman, namely The… Read more »

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Big Data Buzz or Big Data Fuzz?

Posted on 8th December 2014 by Ben Edge

The buzzword Big Data has gathered an increasing amount of momentum over the last few years. In fact the number of organisations who have implemented a big data or data discovery solution has increased from 58% to 73% over the last two years. More and more organisations have innovated to include a big data offering… Read more »

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Corporate Depersonalisation or How I Stopped Worrying and Became a Hipster

Posted on 25th November 2014 by Chris Lewis

It’s a shame that help and support from big businesses remains opaque. From sorting out mobile phone contracts to getting your XBOX fixed the larger the company your dealing with, the less personal the response and generally less helpful the support teams. Logistically it makes sense to have complicated switchboards and outsourced call centres for… Read more »

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Is it truly ‘sense’ to go with the big boys?

Posted on 13th November 2014 by Chris Lewis

It might be a bit rich coming from an up and coming Stafford based business analytics team, but there is a gap in the market becoming apparent as Qlik unveil and update their new visual analytics package Qliksense. Like Tableau and other solutions, Qlik are making their data analytics package more visual, easy to manipulate… Read more »

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Guest Blog – Philip Howard of the Bloor Group

Posted on 10th November 2014 by Emma Ordidge

Recently Connexica welcomed Philip Howard of the Bloor Research Group as a guest speaker at our annual CXAIR Conference, and off the back of this he published a blog post discussing the growth of Connexica and CXAIR in some more detail. See his article below: “Both I and my colleague David Norris have previously written… Read more »

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The Consistency of Inconsistency

Posted on 16th October 2014 by Chris Lewis

Sometimes it boggles the mind what people can submit as finished work. Reddit, a global content aggregation website, has a section for everything. One of the sections, the aptly named ‘CrappyDesign’, showcases thousands of examples of work, logos and advertising slogans that either have not been proof-read, or read by people with no knowledge of… Read more »

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Top 10 ‘Data’ Gadgets

Posted on 1st August 2014 by connexica

Being a technology company we are constantly on the lookout for the next big Tech trends and inventions. Recently I came across a Slideshare by Big Data specialist and author (among other things) Bernard Marr, in which he listed the “21 Coolest ‘Internet of Things’ Gadgets you will want today”, after having a read through… Read more »

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Seeing is Believing

Posted on 11th July 2014 by Chris Lewis

Isn’t that so true!!!!

When a developer says to me something’s fixed, I don’t believe them. It’s an easy way of buying time, starting the con, sourcing the wool to pull over my suspicious eyes…

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Why should a B2B Tech company be jumping on the Twitter bandwagon?

Posted on 4th July 2014 by Emma Ordidge

It will probably come as no surprise that the most followed twitter accounts in the world belong to Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and perhaps more reassuringly, Barack Obama..

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Why Analytics should be a priority for the Health and Social Care sector

Posted on 16th May 2014 by Emma Ordidge

Here at Connexica we are currently focusing on how individual healthcare organisations can make use of analytic solutions for their own data which does not necessarily fall into the category of ‘Big Data’ but is just as important.

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The changing face of manufacturing

Posted on 2nd May 2014 by Jenny Jones

The manufacturing industry is constantly facing competition not only on a national level but also internationally, with many customers choosing to either have products made abroad or importing products from other countries. For many manufacturers, dropping the quality of a product is out of the question and as a nation of historically recognised manufacturers how is it possible to compete with other markets yet still produce the same great quality products, build on a brand, increase footprint and maintain a positive reputation?

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Socially Challenged

Posted on 25th April 2014 by Chris Lewis

Did you know that one of the most influential people alive today is Justin Bieber?

According to Klout he has a popularity score of 95 out of 100.

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Happy St. George’s Day

Posted on 23rd April 2014 by Emma Ordidge

Well that time of year is upon us again and I’m sure anybody reading this who is from the U.K is aware today is St. Georges Day, the day we celebrate the patron saint of England and all the great things about country!

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Less Data > Big Data?

Posted on 1st April 2014 by Chris Lewis

Big Data, Big Data, Big Data etc… We hear it all the time. There are more and more analysts talking about it, more and more conferences debating it…

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Why Big Data is good for our health, literally..

Posted on 27th March 2014 by Emma Ordidge

We’ve ALL heard the phrase Big Data being thrown around in the past few years (if you haven’t, I’m assuming you’ve been on a desert island) but it could be argued that Big Data is merely a buzzword that is pushed onto businesses and actually has little relevance to most of the SME’s who make up our economy here in the U.K and around the world.

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Budget 2014, what does it mean for the I.T industry?

Posted on 21st March 2014 by Emma Ordidge

So, that time has come around again here in the U.K, when our Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivers the nation’s budget for the next year…

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