2015: A Successful Year for Connexica!

Posted on 18th December 2015 by Jenny Jones

As we find ourselves nearing the end of December – and frantically questioning where the whole year has gone! – we thought it was about time to stop and appreciate everything that we have achieved at Connexica this year and all of the people who have made our successes possible! Below we have outlined just…

Season’s Greetings for the NHS!

Posted on 18th December 2015 by Jenny Jones

NHS Under Pressure ‘Hospitals have never been so busy,’ stated Nick Triggle, BBC’s Health Correspondent, as the NHS reaches the end of another long year. With an ageing population and an onset of long-term lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, the NHS’s resources are already being significantly stretched. It is now common knowledge that NHS England…

Healthcare Technology Trends for 2016

Posted on 17th December 2015 by Jenny Jones

What are the healthcare technology trends predicted for 2016? The technological innovations of the last year are having a huge impact on the increasing investment into new technologies within the NHS. As we look back on last year’s developments, we thought it would be fitting to consider the various challenges facing the NHS and what…

Connexica Win Deloitte Tech Fast 500 EMEA 2015 Award

Posted on 4th December 2015 by Jenny Jones

As 2015 draws to a close, Staffordshire-based software company Connexica were not only ranked as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2015, but as the quickest growing provider of Business Intelligence software throughout the UK. This accolade registers the impressive development the company has undergone over the…

Top Technology Trends 2016

Posted on 3rd December 2015 by Ben Edge

It’s that time of the year again. Where we come together at the end of the year, sit down and look back on the biggest developments and major breakthroughs of the year to identify the prominent trends that will be in the spotlight next year… …Fortunately Gartner have already done a lot of this work…

Connexica sign techUK’s Interoperability Charter

Posted on 2nd December 2015 by Jenny Jones

After attending EHI Live 2015 and recognising the ways in which interoperable data can positively affect healthcare organisations and the NHS, Connexica have pledged to support the implementation of interoperability across the  country and have signed up to techUK’s Health and Social Care Interoperability Charter. We are committed to ensuring information systems are a key…

The NHS Five Year Forward View – One Year In

Posted on 24th November 2015 by Jenny Jones

Five Year Forward View – where are we now? Now entering the second year of Simon Stevens’ Five Year Forward View, we are finally beginning to see a broad consensus on what the future of health care is supposed to be. There’s a recognition that health services need to be organised around the needs of…

EHI Live 2015 – 3 Key Takeaways

Posted on 13th November 2015 by Ben Edge

For those of you who don’t know – EHI Live is the UK’s largest digital health exhibition aimed at eHealth professionals who have a vested interest in information within healthcare. Its purpose – to bring together eHealth professionals to engage and encourage debate around particular trends and topics spawning from the area of health informatics.…

EHI Live 2015 Welcomes Connexica to Exhibition

Posted on 6th November 2015 by Jenny Jones

This week saw EHI Live 2015, the UK’s largest eHealth exhibition, arrive at Birmingham’s NEC to host delegates from across the country, each exhibiting goods and services related directly to health information. The conference encouraged attendees to think about the future of health information and to gain insight from experts in the field including Tim…

Big Data and Jeremy Hunt’s Junior Doctor Crisis

Posted on 30th October 2015 by Jenny Jones

The amount of data created and collected on a daily basis is growing exponentially, characterised accurately as ‘Big Data.’ Every minute, 300 hours of new video are uploaded to YouTube, Instagram users like 1,736,111 photos, Facebook users like 4,166,667 posts and 51,000 apps are downloaded by Apple users. These figures are continuing to grow, and…

Connexica Present at Staffordshire University’s First DigiTech Conference

Posted on 29th October 2015 by Jenny Jones

This week saw Greg Richards, Connexica’s Sales and Marketing Director, present at DigiTech, a Digital Technology conference held at the University of Staffordshire. The conference, attended by students, celebrated the university’s 50th year of computing and digital teaching and acknowledged the growing importance of these fields in terms of future employment. There were presentations from…

NHS England July Statistics – Infographic

Posted on 14th October 2015 by Jenny Jones

With an 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 most recently published statistics from NHS England in an easily digestible infographic. Just click the image to zoom in!

Analysis Outside the Box

Posted on 12th October 2015 by Jenny Jones

The following Blog was written by Richard Lewis Managing Director of Connexica  The great explorers such as Marco Polo, Vasco da Gama, Christopher Columbus and Dora the Explorer all stretched the boundaries and went beyond the norm. These people found things out. Discovered new places, new things, new tastes, and smells and went where others…

Connexica to Exhibit at EHI Live 2015

Posted on 5th October 2015 by Jenny Jones

Connexica are thrilled to announce that this year we will be exhibiting at EHI Live 2015, the largest eHealth event in the U.K to be held on 3rd & 4th November at the NEC in Birmingham. The conference, now in its eighth year provides a programme of sessions across leadership, best practice and innovation –…

Facing the NHS Winter Pressures with Analytics

Posted on 5th October 2015 by Jenny Jones

As we enter the Autumnal months and start to think about beginning our Christmas shopping, the NHS brace themselves for unprecedented patient demand, particularly in their Accident and Emergency departments over the winter period. It is widely known that each NHS organisation faces a daily challenge to balance patient care and growing waiting lists with…

COSD – How will the recent changes impact you?

Posted on 22nd September 2015 by Jenny Jones

Alongside many other changes occurring in the NHS lately, the way in which Cancer Services are reporting on their data has been reformed. The Government believe these changes are necessary requirements to improve patient outcomes for those diagnosed with Cancer, and will aid reaching the latest government target of saving over 5000 additional lives each…

Connexica Host Fourth Annual User Event

Posted on 21st September 2015 by Jenny Jones

Last week saw rapidly growing midlands based company Connexica welcome delegates to a two day technology conference held at the picturesque Weston Hall in Staffordshire. The event was the fourth annual event Connexica have hosted and saw attendees travelling from throughout the U.K from as far as Durham, Somerset and Surrey to attend the conference. This…

CCGs to Submit Digital Roadmaps

Posted on 8th September 2015 by Jenny Jones

It has been announced that by April 2016 Clinical Commissioning Groups will now be required to submit digital roadmaps to NHS England in order to outline how they plan to “eradicate the use of paper in the treatment of patients across all health and care services in their region by 2020.” The decision comes as…

Leading Healthcare Innovator Chooses Connexica

Posted on 28th August 2015 by Jenny Jones

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, one of the UK’s leading healthcare innovators, has become the latest Trust to choose CXAIR from Connexica as the most, tailored and effective solution to the challenges of healthcare data. The Trust has gained recognition in recent years for its use of innovative informatics to improve the care…

Government accused of failing NHS Mental Health Services

Posted on 24th August 2015 by Jenny Jones

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 NHS five-year forward…

Latest Statistics from NHS England

Posted on 17th August 2015 by Jenny Jones

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 greater…

Connexica welcome local MP to celebrate business growth

Posted on 13th August 2015 by Jenny Jones

This week saw Stafford based software company Connexica welcome local MP Jeremy Lefroy to celebrate their most successful year to date – just one year after expanding into their own building on the Stafford Technology Park. The past eighteen months has seen Connexica double in size thanks to increased demand for their business analytics solution…

Healthcare Analytics Market to grow to $18.7bn

Posted on 10th August 2015 by Jenny Jones

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 of…

Summarising the NHS Vanguard Program

Posted on 3rd August 2015 by Jenny Jones

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 for…

NHS Cancer Reforms – What are the facts?

Posted on 28th July 2015 by Jenny Jones

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? Recently…

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…

The Latest NHS Statistics

Posted on 10th July 2015 by Jenny Jones

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…

Connexica team up with Phoebus Software Limited

Posted on 9th July 2015 by Jenny Jones

Staffordshire based Software Company Connexica have increased their UK presence by embarking on a new strategic partnership with fellow Midlands based company Phoebus Software Limited. CXAIR by Connexica is an innovative and cutting edge solution that allows its users to access their business data at search engine speed using interactive reporting and diagrams, creating a…

Can better use of technology and data save the NHS?

Posted on 26th June 2015 by Jenny Jones

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…

A Summary of the Latest NHS Changes

Posted on 19th June 2015 by Jenny Jones

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…

Connexica boost Midlands Graduate Employment

Posted on 17th June 2015 by Jenny Jones

Thanks to a period of strong business growth, Stafford based company Connexica have boosted youth employment in the area by employing a total of eight graduates in full-time positions over the past two years, with six of these individuals graduating from Staffordshire University. Connexica have seen their workforce double in the past 18 months due…

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…

What is Enterprise Search?

Posted on 5th June 2015 by Jenny Jones

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…

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…

How is technology benefiting mental health care?

Posted on 21st May 2015 by Jenny Jones

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 has been…

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 an NHS big data solution, making the process of acquiring an analytics solution arduous and difficult. Risk Stratification (in assessing…

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.…

CXAIR named as approved supplier on CCS G-Cloud Framework

Posted on 23rd April 2015 by Jenny Jones

Connexica’s Search Powered Business Analytic Solution CXAIR has been named as an approved solution for procurement on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) G-Cloud Framework. The CCS works with both departments and organisations across the whole of the public sector to ensure maximum value is extracted from every commercial relationship and to improve the quality of…

5 Ways Paperless BI will Save the World

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…

CXAIR saves CIC £500,000 in six months

Posted on 13th April 2015 by Jenny Jones

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…

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…

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…

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 analytics, applied…

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…

Connexica enter into Australian partnership with DATALAKE Solutions

Posted on 9th March 2015 by Jenny Jones

UK based Software Company Connexica have increased their worldwide presence, as they have embarked on a new strategic partnership with Australian based business DATALAKE Solutions. The partnership allows DATALAKE Solutions to re-sell and distribute Connexica’s Business Analytics solution CXAIR throughout the Australian and New Zealand markets.  CXAIR is an innovative and cutting edge solution that…

Big Data Analytics – Using the Right Chart

Posted on 2nd March 2015 by Jenny Jones

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

5 Misconceptions about Search-Based Business Analytics

Posted on 28th January 2015 by Chris Lewis

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 of sub-second response times with enhanced…

CXAIR New Release

Posted on 20th January 2015 by Jenny Jones

This month marks the release of the greatly anticipated CXAIR 2014.2.0, with the introduction of brand new functionality within the search powered analytics solution. The main new feature of CXAIR is known as Pages. Pages is an extension of both Dashboards and Flow Reports, combining drag and drop positioning and multi-index reports. Pages represents the…

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 bunch…

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…