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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 a few of the events that have made 2015 a memorable year for us!

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We expanded our partnership base as far as Australia by entering a strategic partnership with DATALAKE Solutions.


Christmas Tree icon We also increased our UK presence at an exponential rate, with partnerships being made with NHS organisations such as Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Nottingham Cancer Centre and North Somerset CIC as well as organisations such as Kent County Council.


Snow Flake iconWe have expanded our own company this year as well – alongside a number of internal promotions, graduates from across the country have been welcomed to our team and we have boosted local employment by hiring six graduates from Staffordshire University!


Reindeer iconContinuing with tradition, we held our own annual user event this year at local prestigious venue Weston Hall, with delegates travelling from as far as Durham and Surrey to achieve record attendance levels.


Holly Leaf iconStaffordshire University held their first DigiTech Conference this year and our very own Sales & Marketing Director attended as a guest speaker, instilling the growing importance of big data and the ability to analyse it into the minds of fresh, young talent!


Santa iconThis year was the first time we exhibited at EHI Live, an annual healthcare and technology conference that brings together leading healthcare professionals and software providers from across the country.


Star iconAs a sign of our commitment to the sustainable future of the NHS, we signed techUK’s Interoperability Charter and have pledged to ensure that information systems are a key enabler of integrated care. In our continued effort to make Business Intelligence more accessible and easier to acquire, we have also recently signed up to G-Cloud 4.


Snowman iconThis year we welcomed local MP Jeremy Lefroy to celebrate our growing success – 2015 has been our most successful year to date!


Star iconAnd finally, as a recognition of all these successes, we were ranked within Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2015, marking us as one of the fastest growing technology providers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa!


Sales & Marketing Director Greg has expressed his warmest regards for everybody who has been involved this year: ‘On behalf of Connexica I would like to thank our customers, partners and staff for making 2015 such a fantastic year! We look forward to your continued support in the New Year and to making 2016 even more successful!’

From everyone here at Connexica, we wish you all a merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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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 have been failing to meet their target of seeing 95% of patients within a four hour window, and so the added pressures of winter and its related illness are causing fears as to how health organisations will cope over the next few months.

Experts are now saying that a lack of community services in which to release patients is adding to the pressures – according to the BBC, leading research group the Nuffield Trust have said that the NHS needs to ‘urgently invest in extra beds in care homes and other community settings to relieve the pressure on hospitals.’

Delayed discharges, otherwise known as ‘bed-days lost,’ have increased by more than 30% in the past five years to around 160,000 in October of this year. In some areas, one in five beds are occupied by patients that are medically fit enough to be discharged but have nowhere safe to be released to.

Rather than focus on the potential wreck of the NHS, however, particularly at what is supposed to be a festive and cheerful time, we should look at the potential to save it. The NHS does not have to be crippled in doom and gloom, as healthcare services in Scotland are currently proving to us.

What’s the solution?

NHS England are now looking to Scotland in an attempt to meet their key performance indicators (KPIs) and decrease the number of ‘bed-days lost.’ Despite experiencing a difficult winter last year, Scotland’s health services are currently in a much better position: their waiting times in particular are lower than they were last winter, especially compared to those of England, Wales and Northern Ireland whose statistics are all worse than they were this time last year.

Experts have suggested that one of the main contributing factors to Scotland’s comparable success is that they have been able to discharge their patients at a much quicker rate – delayed discharges in Scotland have fallen by as much as 8%. Many areas of the country have invested in intermediate beds to be provided within care homes and other community providers for hospitals to discharge patients into. Care for the patients can then be arranged as necessary and without utilising valuable bed space within hospitals.

A&E Performance UK, October. England — 2014 93.7%, 2015. Scotland — 2014 91.8%, 2015 94.7%. Wales — 2014 84.8%, 2015 83.7%. Northern Ireland — 2014 79.3%, 2015 77%

Earlier this year we published a blog that asked: ‘Can business intelligence reduce the winter pressures faced by the NHS?’ We now have to question how business intelligence and data analysis can help reduce the number of ‘bed-days lost’ and help organisations reach their KPIs such as the four-hour waiting time for patients in A&E.  Software such as our core technology CXAIR can help in any number of ways – for example, dynamic dashboards can be created with gauges and charts to display KPIs without the need for trained data analysts to provide the insight, and more informed decisions can be made with increased speed as a result.

CXAIR also unifies structured and unstructured data, allowing organisations to track their patients’ journeys from admission to discharge without having to manually sift through paper records. Cutting down on the time spent finding the data means speeding up the process of actually using it. Patients can not only be diagnosed and treated more quickly, but it will also be possible to prevent potential illnesses and admissions to hospitals by providing access to a patient’s history. As a result, the number of ‘bed-days lost’ will be reduced as potential admissions will have been prevented.

The progress being made in Scotland and the potential advantages offered by advances in data analysis technology are providing hope for NHS England. Christmas is famously a time of community and family – if we learn from our neighbours and invest in community-based care for those in the most vulnerable positions, the winter may not be so bleak after all.

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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 healthcare and technology trends are offering in an effort to provide efficient, practical solutions.

This said, what are the problems that healthcare organisations need to respond to in 2016 in order to create a successful NHS?

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2016 Trends in Healthcare and Technology


Unsustainable Costs

The issue:

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Preventable Illness

The issue:

The resolution:

Paper-Based Systems

The issue:

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Misaligned Care

The issue:

The resolution:

How will technology respond to these issues in 2016?

Business Intelligence and Analytics software will provide many of the answers to these issues. Technology such as Connexica’s CXAIR offers the following advantages that can tackle the problems that healthcare organisations are set to encounter:

Interoperability is set to prevail throughout healthcare and technology discussions during 2016. Information technology systems and software applications used within different healthcare organisations need to be able to communicate with one another, to share data and utilise the information that has been exchanged.

Connexica are proud to have signed techUK’s Health and Social Care Interoperability Charter this week to address this challenge. We are committed to ensuring information systems are a key enabler of integrated care.

As a signatory, Connexica adhere to making information systems more open and easier to integrate, to enable the free-flow of patient information between products, and hence across the care continuum. In doing so, we are making a significant contribution to delivering the new models of integrated care set out in the Five Year Forward View that will radically transform the way patients are treated. To find out more about the principles in the Charter please visit techUK’s website.

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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 for us! So without further ado here are our top technology trends for 2016.

Internet of Things is becoming more practical

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is a term that has been billed as an emerging trend for quite some time now. It is about time that it is turned to practical use and this is what we can expect during the next year and beyond.

A great example of this is fitness tracking wearables like Fitbit. The device records the user’s lifestyle including how far they have walked/run, flights climbed, steps taken, food they have eaten, etc. This is then shared with the user’s various devices and the data is transformed into useful dashboards and various reports which allow them to monitor and analyse how their lifestyle contributes to their fitness goals.

This device-generated data has great implications for the future of healthcare. Imagine a doctor being able to track a year’s worth of their patient’s lifestyle data in order to understand the overall health of the patient and improve their diagnosis if the patient fell ill!

Big Data gets bigger (Information of Everything)

Information of Everything

Information of Everything is inherently linked with the Internet of Things. It’s concerned with devices producing information about everything and then developing a system architecture that can pull this data together and make use of it.

The problem that we have had in the past with these devices is that whilst big data has been available for us to exploit, utilising it has been the key problem and often the data has been left in silo.

Gartner predicts that by 2020, 25 billion devices will be generating information about everything. Expect to see a continued upshift in the number of these devices and an increased focus on finding systems and solutions that will allow companies to leverage the vast oceans of data available.

Virtual Assistants – from Clippy to Cortana


Think Siri or Cortana. These are the start of the new era of “smart” virtual assistants made widely available to the public. However, looking back, my first experience with a virtual assistant was probably the Microsoft Office Assistant that many have affectionately nicknamed “Clippy”.

Although the general consensus of “Clippy” was largely negative from Microsoft’s user base and was included in a Time magazine article of the fifty worst inventions, it appears that Microsoft got something right.

They were ahead of their time, the concept was there but unfortunately their execution wasn’t. What could and should have been a sleek, context-sensitive assistant that analysed user semantics ended up being a clunky and intrusive pest.

Fast forward a few years and the evolution of the “smart” virtual assistants seem to be a constant. Expect these advances to continue next year and over the coming years.

The Device Mesh

device mesh

Typically our devices have been designed to function as a standalone entity, meaning the information they produce is not exchanged between other devices and appliances. Building a network of interconnected devices is key in transforming the insights that we can draw from this unified data. We can expect 2016 to bring about a concentrated effort in integrating devices stuck in silo and their data to form a device mesh.

Advanced Machine Learning

Advanced Machine Learning

DNNs are an advanced form of machine learning applicable to large, complex datasets. Emerging as a trend for next year and beyond, they are capable of creating systems that can autonomously learn to perceive the world on their own.

The abundance of data sources discussed previously means that this form of advanced machine learning is in the perfect environment to thrive. Organisations should look to see how they can utilise these technologies to gain competitive advantage.

3D printing

3D printing

Already an area that has had significant focus in the last year or so and this focus is only going to get stronger during the next year and onwards. The implications for 3D printing have only really just begun to be explored and already materials are being produced such as: nickel alloys, carbon fibre, glass, conductive ink, electronics and astonishingly objects such as prosthetic limbs and organs.

You can be certain to expect further developments in this area over the next year.

Adaptive security architecture

Adaptive security architecture

In recent years we’ve seen the emergence of a “hacker industry” and hacktivist groups such as Anonymous significantly increasing the threat of cyber-attacks against organisations. The Sony Pictures Entertainment hacking in 2014 is the most recent example of a major corporation who have fallen prey to techniques of hackers.

In a new report Gartner states that rule-based security is obsolete, explaining that a reliance on this type of security system will inevitably backfire as more and more organisations exploit cloud-based services and open APIs for customers and partners. The key is to create an adaptive security architecture focused on pre-emptively detecting and responding to threats.

Ambient User Experience

Ambient User Experience

Improving user experience should always be a key objective for any organisation. With more and more data being available to the user, a similar pattern emerges in how we best harvest and display this back to the user.

Imagine contextual information generated based on the object you are looking at, appearing without command, scrolling and then vanishing once you have consumed it. This is the end goal of the concept. Gartner posits that the devices and sensors will become so smart they will be able to organise our lives without our even noticing that they are doing so.

Commercial Drone Use


The use of drones has typically been the place of enthusiasts – interested in flying drones as a hobby because they enjoy flying and/or enjoy creating videos of surrounding scenery. However, drones are no longer just the personal toys of the enthusiasts and have been opened up to a wider commercial purpose.

In November this year, Amazon released a video advertisement explaining their plan for drones. The project – Amazon PrimeAir realises an ambition to deliver customer goods within 30 minutes of customer’s placing their order. Their plan involves utilising drones strategically located at Amazon hubs around the country. Once loaded with the package, the drone will fly to the customer’s house, scan the immediate area to find a landing spot, and place down the package to the customer before taking back to the skies.

There is great potential for the use of drones and so many ways that they can be applied. We expect to see more of this innovation during 2016 and over the next 10 years.



Gartner Strategic Technology Trends 2016

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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 the patient rather than outdated professional bodies, and that the focus needs to be on prevention rather than diagnosis and treatment.

Public Health England’s new strategy sets out priorities in their new model of care for tackling obesity, smoking and harmful drinking; ensuring that children get the best start in life; and that we reduce the risk of dementia through tackling lifestyle risks. NHS England have commented that, increasingly, ‘we need to manage systems – networks of care – not just organisations.’

A key principle being endorsed by the Five Year Forward View, therefore, is that of interoperability. If the NHS is to succeed and avoidable medical conditions are to be prevented, information needs to be interoperable across all of its services.

The direct relationship between accessible data and improved healthcare services leads us to question how Business Intelligence software can help bridge the gap between the two. Connexica’s leading product, CXAIR, is currently used in cancer organisations to convert pathology data into a structured format to allow the submission of COSD. Not only is the implementation of this software saving organisations from incurring expensive penalty fines, it is also providing the means to quickly create interoperable data and play a part in the preventative attitude being adopted by the NHS.

Similarly, the Coalition Government wants to tackle preventable incidence of cancer, and when healthcare professionals have access to their patient’s data contained within other organisations, their decisions are better informed and such incidences can possibly be prevented. The purpose of CXAIR and of other Business Intelligence software is to ensure that data is interoperable and accessible, and we are beginning to see the benefits of such software in organisations such as Surrey and Borders Mental Health Trust.

NHS Five Year Forward View
The Five Year Forward View has highlighted mental health as a priority, upgrading the quality of care provided by these services and ensuring that young people in particular have access to the primary care that they need. CXAIR is currently being implemented in Surrey and Borders Mental Health Trust in order to unify their disparate data sets and ensure that information is accessible across the organisation through the use of a web browser.

The software not only unifies the data, it also allows users without any technical or reporting knowledge to use it – reporting in CXAIR is ad hoc and intuitive and the search-powered technology means that it can be done by anyone who knows how to Google. Empowering a greater number of staff within mental health organisations to access and understand their data means that time and money usually spent on these administrative tasks will become available for better purposes. The Service User can therefore become a priority.

NHS England have further recognised that ‘services need to be integrated around the patient. For example a patient with cancer needs their mental health and social care coordinated around them. Patients with mental illness need their physical health addressed at the same time.’

Sceptics of the Five Year Forward View have argued that its aims, such as the one just outlined, are ‘big picture stuff,’ idealistic and lengthy to implement. Yet, at the beginning of its second year, we are already seeing a difference. With the help of BI software, organisations such as Surrey and Borders Mental Health Trust are already beginning to speak to one another and share lifesaving information.

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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.

To realise this goal, speakers and delegates from a range of different professions within healthcare came together to give their perspective on a variety of different topics around health informatics.

This year was the first time that Connexica exhibited at the event and it was great to see like-minded individuals placing such importance on deriving value from data. I attended as many of the conferences as I could and have trawled through my notes to provide my key takeaways from this year’s event to anyone who missed it.

The Start of Health 3.0 – an interactive approach to the patient record

An interesting theme that I noticed develop over the two days was the concept of Health 3.0. This follows on from the introduction of the semantic web or Web 3.0, pioneered by Tim-Berners Lee to realise a new World-Wide Web built on principles improving the way users can interact with information. These principles are now applicable to the evolution of the delivery of healthcare services.

In a similar vein to Web 3.0 principles, Health 3.0’s focus is on personalising the experience of the patient. To achieve this, patients will be encouraged to take a more active role in contributing to and maintaining their digital health record.

A wealth of information can be obtained through web generated data that would be useful for clinicians when looking up patient records. An example of this is the information generated through social media – this information is in the form of posts, check-ins, photos and other data.

Combining this data with that which could be gathered through proper collation of the application generated information such as IoT (Internet of Things) leaves a mass of real-time dynamic data that could be effectively used by clinicians to better understand the causes of diseases and conditions.

Big Data for Predictive Analytics

It feels like we’ve been bringing up big data for years now… and it’s fair to say that we have! It still proves to be a key topic for discussion because of the significant challenges that it poses combined with the inherent value provided upon realising an information environment with successful use of big data.

Further advances into healthcare have seen the adoption of wearable technology and remote patient monitoring devices alongside others, increasing the amount of data available to clinicians. The theory goes that by having a larger quantity of available data it should yield a higher level of analysis – predictive, trend tracking, disease prevention, etc., and ultimately increasing the quality of care. The challenge now for the NHS is how they implement a successful strategy to capture, integrate and analyse this new information.

The key challenges mentioned in the conferences throughout both days revolved around a lack of standardisation of NHS software, a lack of information governance and a lack of staff training. Whilst I can agree with a lack of information governance and a lack of staff training highlighted as challenges, should the goal be to standardise NHS software?

Surely the goal should be to implement the best software solution possible and to ensure that it is able to communicate and share its information between other systems on the same network – to be interoperable.

Interoperability – the Key to Preventative Healthcare

Interoperability – defined as the ability of health information systems to work together within and across organisational boundaries in order to advance the effective delivery of healthcare for individuals and communities.

It sounds like a great goal in an ideal world! Is it achievable? We think so! We make a big fuss about the importance of unifying data here at Connexica and it was a positive for us to see how important eHealth professionals regard data unification and interoperability to be.

All healthcare software suppliers should now be designing their solutions to work with and pass data to other solutions as part of a wider information system environment instead of one where systems and – most importantly – data are siloed.

This was reflected in the conferences that transpired during the day. Interoperability was either highlighted in each talk or served as its main theme. Of the latter, I attended Adrian Byrne’s conference discussing interoperable EPR. A key thought presented in the conference that stood out to me was “making the easy thing, the right thing” rather than “doing the right thing, not the easy thing”.

What is the point of doing the right thing if the time taken to develop, test, implement and maintain it is so long that it far outweighs the value it provides? The right thing should be the easy thing. And at Connexica this is what we endeavour to deliver – a solution that makes the right thing, the easy thing.

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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 there is consequently an increasing need to decipher and present the data in ways that are meaningful and accurate.

While analysing and interpreting large amounts of data has traditionally been a difficult and expensive process, advances in Business Analytics technology and resulting products such as Connexica’s CXAIR mean that data can now be harnessed, analysed and presented with minimal effort, making it accessible to everyone.

The availability of such software therefore brings into question how a public figure as prominent as the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, could have found himself in such an antagonistic position over the misrepresentation of data.

Infographic showing how much data is generated during a single minute

Amidst the heated debates over scheduled changes to Junior Doctors’ contracts within the NHS, it has been reported that Mr Hunt has misrepresented information from a recent hospital study in order to support his case for more seven-day NHS care.

Dr Fiona Godlee, editor of the British Medical Journal, has written to the health secretary about his recent suggestion that higher weekend death risks are due to poor staffing. In the House of Commons last week, he suggested that the seven-day changes were ‘about the fact that someone is 15 per cent more likely to die if admitted on a Sunday than on a Wednesday because we do not have as many doctors in our hospitals at the weekends as we have mid-week.’

Junior doctors are currently paid ‘standard’ time for normal working hours, defined as 7am-7pm Monday to Friday. Under Mr Hunt’s proposed contracts, ‘standard’ time will be extended from 60 hours per week to 90 hours, and will increase from 7pm to 10pm every night of the week apart from Sunday.

Junior doctors are claiming that, by not being paid a higher salary for working antisocial hours, they will lose up to 30% of their salary. News has recently emerged that junior doctors are to vote on industrial action to protest against the health secretary’s plans, with strikes predicted to occur towards the end of this year if the motion passes. This will be their first strike in decades.

The news is contentious as people have been speculating how the usually sure-footed Mr Hunt could have allowed himself to get into such a fraught communications position. The importance of data and the ways in which it is represented become important factors to consider, especially given the impact that Hunt’s new contract will have upon the NHS and its workers if he manages to see it through.

The responsibilities afforded those with access to and control over data and information cannot be underestimated, and the importance of Business Analytics tools in the age of ‘Big Data’ is therefore difficult to ignore.

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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.

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July NHS England report

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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 feared to tread.

Exciting times! Neil Armstrong was an explorer, he trod where other people had never gone before just like Captain Kirk and Avon from Blake 7…

Exploration and the ability to find stuff out helps us to progress, to innovate, to educate and improve.

Software development is a mixture of plagiarism and discovery.

Plagiarism – by re-using, copying and re-applying things that work…+ Discovery – by adding insight, value and coming up with ideas to create something new.

In the world of business intelligence (the world I operate in), the idea behind it all is to discover things and find stuff out. The reality is something different.

Old Skool BI relies on a team of people to find stuff out and present what they’ve found as a set of structures such as warehouse FACT tables, cubes or universes.

The people that then want to find stuff out (the business users) can then find out what the people that defined and restricted what you can see have already discovered.

Data discovery? No way… It’s more data dictation and insight starvation (#cliché)

So old BI is about finding out stuff that someone (the IT department) already knows…

Is this what businesses really want today?

We want business users to look at the factors influencing the success, growth and limitations of the organisation not IT.

Google and search provide users of any level the ability to find stuff.

The only restriction is what the user wishes to search for and their ability to interpret results and make sense of their search results.

We at Connexica use search technology at the heart of our business intelligence solution CXAIR. It isn’t SQL or OLAP it’s Search.

If you want to find stuff out, use CXAIR. If you want to find stuff that’s already known use anything else.

Don’t be Truman Barbank, be Columbus or Armstrong… go on a journey of discovery not wonder around Seahaven with a fear of getting your feet wet.

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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 long term financial constraints – so any initiative that proactively tackles a seasonal trend such as this should be whole heartedly embraced.

With the cold wet British weather comes an increased number of hospital admissions particularly via the A&E departments. So, is it possible to predict this demand and proactively manage it? Well, many NHS organisations are already planning for this and have been for a number of years. But can Business Intelligence influence the success of these initiatives?

The NHS has a whole host of systems that are capturing data across primary, community and secondary care, so surely there must be some answers in there somewhere. NHS organisations are using this data to identify patients at risk – by analysing historic data and capturing the specific cohort of patients that did result in a hospital admission. Trusts can then use this information to target patients with similar criteria and conditions to define and deliver proactive care plans.

There are a number of community care streams that have been identified for delivering this care, such as District Nursing, Anticipatory Care and Out of Hours.

Increasing District Care availability by scheduling it on a 24/7 basis involves a financial investment. However, if this additional care means that patients are treated proactively and their conditions are managed to avoid any unnecessary A&E attendances and subsequent admissions, then the value to the patients involved coupled with the saving in bed days is an investment well spent.

GPs have an understanding of their patients and their conditions, all of which are captured electronically. Applying risk stratification to this patient data will more effectively identify patients that are at risk of an unplanned admission during the winter period. Having identified these patients, Anticipatory Care Plans can be defined and delivered.

Out of hours services can provide valuable insight into treatments provided to patients that contributed to an admission avoidance.

As technology advances, it no longer takes massive effort to collate data and analyse it. It is possible to bring data from multiple data sources, across primary, community and secondary care organisations in varying formats and present it in one place quickly and easily. The data can be combined into searchable indexes to form a rapid integrated search engine that can be used to explore, discover and gain insight out of the data, providing a super-fast analysis platform that can be used to generate report outputs that can be used to measure hospital admission avoidance. Unlike traditional BI, new state of the art technology provides the user with the ability to perform ad-hoc analysis over any combination of data fields without the need to design and implement a fixed set of dimensions or measures.

Now the data is available measuring the success of the winter initiatives has never been so easy. Metrics can be put in place to identify the patients that require additional care to avoid hospital admissions over the winter period. Once identified, the data can be analysed to report what actually happened to the patients at risk. The value of each community care strand can then be measured and where appropriate revision of plans can be made to learn from the process and make further improvements.

It is extremely difficult to predict the attendances in an Accident and Emergency department by the very nature that patients arrive as a consequence of an unforeseen event. Managing the department to ensure that patients with a real life threatening emergency are seen and treated effectively can be impacted by the unpredictability of attendance at any given time. Trusts are looking to technology to support this challenge. Patients are informed of the current capacity of each department through real-time A&E data capture. The patient can see the number of patients waiting and make an informed choice as to the hospital they decide to visit. In circumstances were the visit may not be critical, the patient may decide to seek alternative options and relieve the pressures on their local hospitals.

BI is being used to support the challenges faced by the NHS especially the increased pressures experienced during the winter period. The NHS strives every day to meet patient need – as technology advances, so do they. The age of number crunching has gone. The NHS can now use data to make informed decisions, support transformational change and deliver the most effective patient care.

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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 year. So what are the changes being put in place and how can NHS Cancer Centres ensure they are meeting the specified requirements? We’ve broken down the information for you.

COSD – Financial penalty update – (April 2016)

All Trusts have been asked to inform the National Cancer Registry Service if they have a solution. Those that don’t have a solution or didn’t reply could have 1% of their cancer income withheld by their Commissioner. This is discretionary, however the Cancer Registry will inform the Commissioner.

For Trusts who have stated they have procured a solution or upgrade to their LMIS and it has been delayed, have been provided six months in which to deliver it – September 2016. Trusts that don’t submit by then could also have the 1% withheld by their Commissioner.

What is the COSD?

The Cancer Outcomes and Services Dataset (COSD) is the national standard for reporting cancer in the NHS in England. It has replaced the former National Cancer Dataset and the former Cancer Registration Dataset and includes additional site specific data items relevant to the different tumour types. It is aligned with other national cancer datasets, including Cancer Waiting Times (NCWTMDS), Radiotherapy (RTDS), Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) and Diagnostic Imaging (DID).

The COSD specifies the items to be submitted electronically by service providers to the National Cancer Registration Service (NCRS) on a monthly basis. It replaces the existing monthly NCRS upload and may include separate files from different hospital systems.

What are the recent changes?

 This is a change to the standard which introduces some amendments to the current dataset, an extension of scope and a revision of the current schema specification in order to continue to meet the business objectives of the standard. There has also been an extension to the deadline for submitting data in XML structured format agreed for pathology in recognition of the difficulties encountered in meeting the initial deadline of January 2015. The deadline for data submission is January 2016 data (delivered from beginning of March) however the COSD Board have agreed that a six month extension could be given in the circumstance of a trust having procured a new system or system upgrade but there having been delays in implementation, subject to each Trust having submitted a plan to the NCRS for meeting this requirement.

The changes are:

A further two items have been added to support a pilot project and will only be required for agreed pilot sites (holistic needs assessment data).

Two items have been deleted – one is duplication and the other has been replaced by a new item.

Twenty seven data items have been amended to align with changes in clinical practice or other datasets (e.g. revisions to Royal College of Pathologists datasets), to support data quality (e.g. identify absence of a condition as opposed to value not being entered) or as a result of requests during implementation (e.g. additional options for recording the role of the clinical nurse specialist). A small number of these are corrections to administrative errors.

Four items have been moved to a different section, either to better reflect the collection point on the patient pathway or because they no longer need to be submitted directly by providers and can be derived nationally.

Minor modifications have been made to 32 data items for better synchronisation across the NHS Data Model and Dictionary or for clarification of descriptions and do not impact the collection of the data.

When should the data be submitted?

The deadline for first submitting a record is 25 working days after the end of month of diagnosis. All available relevant data items should be included and additional information or updates not available at the time should be uploaded with ensuing monthly submissions.


Data is to be submitted in an XML structured format from beginning of March 2016 for January’s data, however the COSD Board have agreed that a six month extension could be given in the circumstance of a trust having procured a new system or system upgrade but there having been delays in implementation, subject to each Trust having submitted a plan to the NCRS for meeting this requirement.


Financial Penalty for Late Submission

There is a potential financial impact to organisations who don’t submit the dataset on time. Commissioners can withhold the sums set out in contract if the information is not provided within 5 days. The sum withheld is up to 1% of the monthly sum payable by the commissioner under service condition 36 (payment terms) for each month the information breach continues, as set out in service condition 28.12 (Information Requirements).

*An NHS Trust has stated that this 1% equates to £50,000 a month for them.

For more information see the National Cancer Intelligence Network – Cancer Outcomes and Services Dataset (COSD) v6.0 Conformance Framework published by Public Health England at:


Providers of cancer services are required to supply a monthly return on all cancer patients diagnosed from 1st January 2013 using this dataset. Some Trusts have found it difficult to achieve a data set that can be submitted in an XML structured format for the pathology data that needs to be included in the submission.

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Our solution CXAIR takes an unstructured data set, such as a text file from the pathology system and turns it into a structured data set that can be exported in XML. Connexica have worked with Cancer Services data and split large text files taken from pathology systems into specific Cancer Sites and associated proformas to provide an effective solution for the COSD data submission. In addition the data is then available for full analysis and reporting.

Key benefits CXAIR can bring to Cancer Services

CXAIR structuring data for inclusion in COSD for the NHS from Emma Ordidge

If you are facing challenges relating to the provision of Cancer Service data then Connexica and CXAIR are here to help.

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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 part of the ‘Five Year Forward View’ set by the NHS in which Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for the NHS to become ‘paperless’ by 2020, just one of the changes set to be made in order to generate a significant saving of £22 billion in the next five years.

Details of the new requirements were announced at the recent NHS Innovation Expo in Manchester, where NHS England’s director of digital technology Beverly Bryant discussed the changes:

“The footprint for the roadmap will cover a single CCG area or multiple CCG areas, with the decision of whether or not to collaborate being the CCG’s choice. We’ll then map the whole country and see gaps to have discussions on who needs to go where”

Technology has played a major role in the Five Year Forward View with NHS England planning to introduce new “levers and incentives” to encourage the adoption of digital working and CCGs will now be accountable for meeting the agreed milestones they set out on their roadmaps.

Speaking of the call for a ‘paperless’ NHS, NHS England’s director of patients and information Tim Kelsey has stated that: “The NHS in England must end the unnecessary reliance on paper in the treatment of patients. It’s key to making services safer, more effective and more efficient.”

Latest statistics from NHS England have estimated that currently the annual cost of storing patient records on paper is between £500,000 and £1million for each individual trust, therefore the potential cost savings of going digital are significant.

Other elements of the switch over to digital working include the use of NHS numbers that allow healthcare professionals to match records to patients wherever they appear in the system, and the implementation of barcode technology on patients, pieces of medical equipment and drugs, to ensure that the right patient receives the correct drugs and dosages.

As well as the roadmaps due in April 2016, CCGs must also put in place a clear governance structure in order to support the development. Guidance published last week states that the roadmap will cover the whole of the local health and care economy including secondary care, social care, community, mental health and primary care and outlines how the CCGs should be organising themselves in order to create and execute the roadmaps.

Many will be questioning where the funding for this program is set to come from and Beverly Bryant has announced she is currently working on submitting a case to government for the spending review which if successful, will award CCGs with extra funding.

Digital Health News reported concerns from CCGs this week with the Chairman of the British Medical Association’s GP committee Dr Chaand Nagpaul saying the new requirements are a “very tall order” for CCGs.

“It’s an extremely ambitious time frame. We are finding that CCGs are having an escalating level of responsibility passed on to them without the commensurate increase in organisational capacity”

However NHS Cumbria CCG chief clinical information officer William Lumb has spoken out in favour of the move:

“I like the idea that they are allowing local health economies to be defined and they are not looking for a one-size-fits-all for all of the country, so it makes sense on a lot of levels.”

Although showing support for the move, Lumb did touch on concerns regarding the funding for the new project and believes there must encourage money being behind the initiative to ensure its viability.

It would seem that NHS England have recognised both the time and financial savings that an investment in technology can bring and since our analytic solution CXAIR has been utilised by a variety of NHS trusts and other health organisations we are eager to see an increase in the use of technology within the NHS.

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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 plan.

The accusations have stemmed from a freedom of information request to NHS Commissioning bodies from the Labour party. It has been suggested that on average budgets for mental health fell in the period 2015-16, contrary to guidance published by NHS England in December 2014, claiming that funding in 2015-16 should increase “by at least as much” as the increase in overall allocation.

It has been suggested by the chairman of the NHS Clinical Commissioners Mental Health Network Dr Phil Moore, that whilst CCGs understand the importance of mental health care the financial pressures they face often leave no room for increased spending in any one area.  They have been looking elsewhere for funding – such as the use of the voluntary sector and establishing more community schemes.

Figures collected by Labour indicate that out of the 130 CCG respondents, 50 plan to reduce their mental health budget for this financial year. Figures are suggesting that CCGs are planning to allocate 10% of their total budgets on mental health – 1% down when compared with the 2014/15 financial year.

The figures also showed a geographical divide, an example being North, Eastern and Western Devon CCG allocating just 6% of its budget to mental health, compared with 20% from Lincolnshire West CCG. This statistic that may be of concern to members of the public.

The information was dismissed by NHS England who claims that CCGs would be spending 13% of their allocated budgets on mental health this year, sparking this comment from a Department of Health spokesperson:

“We do not recognise these figures – NHS England has shown mental health spending has increased by £0.4bn this year.

Mental health is a priority for this government and to say otherwise ignores the fact we have increased central funding by millions of pounds, and introduced the first ever treatment targets which will make sure funding goes where it’s needed.”

The announcement has disappointed the Mental Health Network claims chief executive Stephen Dalton:

“On the frontline, whilst some mental health services have seen modest investment, most report that they are at a standstill and others have seen a reduction in spending.”

It has been widely publicised that demand for mental health services is growing at an unprecedented pace with mental illness now accounting for more than one fifth of reported illnesses. One argument suggests that now more than ever the emphasis needs to be on mental health care but is this at the detriment of other public health services?

With funding scarce Trusts across the whole healthcare sector need to identify new cost efficiencies to improve the quality of care.

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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 volumes of both urgent and emergency care and elective activity”

The results were published on what is now known as ‘super-Thursday’ and is the first time NHS England have posted data from such a wide range of data on one day.

The data provided indicates that in the year leading up to June 2015:

As well as this data, NHS England has also reported that two of the eight cancer targets have not been achieved. The two missed targets include only 81% of patients starting treatments within the 62 day GP referral period where the target is 85%. This is the worst result NHS England has seen since the records began in 2009, and the targets have not been achieved since the last three months of 2013.

It has recently been widely reported that the UK lags behind comparable countries when it comes to cancer survival rates and the latest failure to meet targets suggests there is still a long way to go.

When it comes to A&E admissions and emergency care there has been a slight improvement, despite admissions increasing. A&E departments are dealing better with the demand as 94.8% of patients are now being dealt with within the four hour time slot, just below the 95% target.

Concerns have also been raised after it emerged that one in five GP training places are currently unfilled, suggesting that we may face a severe shortage of GP’s in the near future. Speaking on behalf of the British Medical Association, Dr Chaand Nagpul said “With medical graduates turning their backs on general practice, there is no sign that the government will be able to fulfil its pledge to recruit 5,000 GPs and open all surgeries seven days a week.”

With the Government pledging to invest an extra £8bn per year in the NHS over the next five years it would seem that there are many areas in which extra funding is required, however where exactly the investment will be utilised remains to be seen.

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A recent report published by 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 the main contributing factors in the UK is believed to be the new mandatory health information requirements, encouraging the uptake of Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology throughout the health sector.

The report has split the health information analytics market into three separate groups consisting of descriptive/retrospective analytics, predictive analytics and prescriptive analytics. Descriptive analytics still account for the majority of the market, these are solutions that answer questions such as “what happened and why?” using retrospective data.

Predictive analytics is the next phase of analytics and aim to answer “what will happen?” by combining historical data with rules, algorithms and often external data in order to determine the probable outcomes of events or to predict how likely it is that a situation will occur or not.

Prescriptive analytics makes up less of the market. Prescriptive not only anticipates when events will happen, but also why they will happen. This can then be taken further and prescriptive analytics may be able to suggest what decisions can be made that will create the best outcome of a situation, mitigating the risk and allowing businesses to perform more efficiently.

As well as splitting up types of healthcare analytics, the report also splits its findings between regions consisting of North America, Europe, Asia and the Rest of the World. Perhaps unsurprisingly, as it stands the largest market for healthcare analytics can be found in the North American region.

The report also covers several factors that experts believe may hinder the growth of the health analytics market. These include the current lack of trained personnel, the gap between the payers and the providers of the solutions and the rising costs of analytics.

When taking these issues into consideration it leads us to discuss CXAIR for Healthcare, a search powered analytic solution designed to solve the data challenges of the NHS.

Having designed CXAIR specifically for the health care sector, Connexica understand that the financial challenges the NHS face means that having a cost effective solution is one of the key requirements. Further to this, CXAIR has been designed with the business user in mind, therefore the solution can be utilised with just days of training as opposed to requiring highly technical specialists to create reports and dashboards.

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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 patients. But what exactly is a vanguard site and what benefits can they provide?

Due to the major challenges the NHS are facing, the aim is to encourage formal shared working arrangements between clinical specialists at different hospitals, as well as health and care providers in the wider community. This should improve efficiency by sharing the back office administration activities and management between different sites.

Some of the benefits for patients envisaged by NHS England are that vanguard sites could mean fewer trips to hospitals for those suffering with cancer or dementia. Specialists may host clinics in local surgeries, resulting in patients having only one point of call for their GP’s, community nurses, social and mental health services, etc. There will be the potential for dialysis and chemotherapy patients to access these services much closer to home, favourable for both the patients and their care providers.

Chief Executive of NHS England Simon Stevens (pictured above) said at the beginning of the vanguard projects “Rather than automatically assuming that centralised, ‘bigger is better’, we want to test new ways of sustaining local NHS hospital services, with more sharing of medical expertise across sites, and more efficiency from shared back office administration.”

Following the announcement of the eight new urgent care vanguard sites Stevens has gone on to say “Starting today, the NHS will begin joining up the often confusing array of A&E, GP out-of-hours, minor injuries clinics, ambulance services and 111 so that patients know where they can get urgent help easily and effortlessly, seven days a week. That’s why we’re backing our frontline nurses, doctors and other staff, in partnership with local communities, to radically redesign our urgent and emergency services.”

It is hoped that the arrangements and services provided by the vanguard sites can be replicated on a larger scale across England in order to improve quality, productivity and efficiency throughout the whole of the NHS.

The vanguard model is currently backed by a £200m transformation fund and it is hoped that the success will mirror that of the setting up of regional trauma units three years ago, which are estimated to have increased the odds of survival for patients by 50% and saved hundreds of lives.

The eight newly announced urgent care sites are as follows:

  1. South Nottingham System Resilience Group
  2. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group
  3. North East Urgent Care Network
  4. Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge System Resilience Group
  5. West Yorkshire Urgent Emergency Care Network
  6. Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland System Resilience Group
  7. Solihull Together for Better Lives
  8. South Devon and Torbay System Resilience Group

To see the full list of vanguard sites click here

So how can Connexica be of use to the vanguard sites? Our solution CXAIR has previously been implemented in various NHS organisations, bringing many disparate systems together in a highly visual interface and with the ability to analyse and gain insight from your data in the style of a google search.

Due to the nature of vanguard sites the organisations involved may wish to collect a variety of data types from a variety of sources, one of CXAIR’s key benefits is the ability to analyse not only traditional structured data but also unstructured data such as patient letters and machine generated data. This gives health professionals and senior management teams greater visibility into the operations of health and care services in the wider community.

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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 it has been reported that the UK has one of the lowest cancer survival rates in Europe and according to The Telegraph online there are around 10,000 more cancer deaths a year compared with other similar countries. These major reforms will include an 80% increase in the number of cancer tests – with patients set to be provided with a definitive diagnosis within one month in order to get treatment started as quickly as possible.

As well as increased testing and early diagnosis, Simon Stevens has also promised the replacement of a range of outdated equipment to ensure that the UK has a “world class” cancer service within the next five years.

The five-year plan has been devised and developed by the Independent Cancer Taskforce which consists of expert groups including NHS England, the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal College of GPs and several cancer charities. The final report includes the following elements:

The present targets aim to send patients for cancer tests within two weeks, but some have to wait up to eight weeks to see their results returned. Officials have stated that by 2020 the waiting time for a definitive cancer diagnosis would be halved from eight to four weeks for at least 95% of patients.

Further information provided by the report estimates that cancer services costs in the U.K will double by 2020 to £13 billion which may seem like a significant spend, however it is believed that due to these changes costs in the long-term will be reduced.

Some of the more shocking statistics to come out of this report are related to the regional variations when it comes to cancer detection and care, something that is set to be addressed by a new national cancer team. It has been suggested by experts that patients suffering from some forms of cancer are 68% more likely to survive five years after diagnosis in certain areas than those living in other areas, an example of this has been discovered in the Midlands where men with prostate cancer have been found to have the best chance of survival in Birmingham and the Black Country and the worst in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire areas.

The changes are likely to come under much scrutiny but it is hoped that this is the beginning of a new and improved Cancer Service from the NHS.

Here at Connexica we have worked with Cancer Services to improve reporting and aid with data submissions (for more on this read our previous blog discussing the latest Cancer Outcomes and Services Dataset) about  using our analytic solution CXAIR.

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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!

A famous study suggested visual directions are 323% (oddly specific) more effective than ones without. The age old saying – a picture says a thousand words! So why not use several, you’ll save yourself some paragraphs…

To extend the above point – if a picture says a thousand words, then there is a lot less reading to be done. Conveying information through visual infographics is far more efficient than through lengthy technical reports.

We’ve all spent hours scrolling past articles whilst barely digesting the content. Colours increase willingness to read by 80%, and can help keep your audience/colleagues/mother-in-law engaged past the first few words!

Modern infographic creators make you look like a graphic designer despite barely being able to use Microsoft Paint. Show off to your less enlightened colleagues through impressive visual displays that make you look like you’re the Rembrandt of reporting

It’s just more fun to do things with pictures. The workplace is for work, but why not kill two birds with one stone? Say no to the pie chart, say yes to the picture chart!

Hospital infographic

Make your monthly report visual as well as functional

So there we go. Convinced or not? Infographics are the future, not just because they’re modern and fun, but because they increase efficiency whilst saving time in report development! No brainer? I think so…

CXAIR Infographics

In CXAIR we have supplemented the standard report creation process with modern Infographic reporting (as shown by the example above).

CXAIR Infographics allow business users to create highly-visual reports through a versatile drag-and-drop interface. Infographics combine charts, tables, images, HTML content and videos to create dynamic animated reports with minimal effort.

Our Infographics scale to any device size and can be viewed across laptops, computers, tablets and mobiles through the web-based ‘Viewer’ interface. Because both CXAIR and Infographics are browser based you can create, view and share reports from your mobile phone, tablet device or desktop computer.

Report delivery can be fully automated via schedules that are sent to individuals or groups in your organisation at any chosen predefined interval. Alerts can be configured to notify users when key performance indicators change beyond user-defined thresholds – through email or CXAIR.

Our highly visual data publishing package is unmatched in coupling versatility with ease of use.

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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.

NHS Stats Q1 2015-2016

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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 an effect, the NHS is becoming ever stretched and scrutinised.

One solution to this major challenge could be the enhanced use of technology and data within the NHS. Tim Kelsey, NHS England’s national director for patients and information, has recently stated that better use of technology and data could save the NHS as much as a third of the £22bn budget deficit. So what changes have been or are set to be made that could lead to significant cost advantages?

A recent major development has been the success of GP surgeries offering online appointment bookings and electronic prescriptions. Kelsey highlighted that 97% of GP patients have access to this service and that the ability for patients to re-book online will go a long way in tackling the problem of missed appointments – which costs the NHS an estimated figure of £160m per year.

Further developments in technology include the installation of Wi-Fi throughout NHS sites to allow health professionals to monitor patients using wearable devices. It has been suggested that by using wearable devices doctors and managers will be able to track patients on their journey through the hospital; ensuring patients arrive in the right locations and resulting in a much more accurate picture of patient flow.

As previously mentioned, patients are becoming increasingly demanding and placing more emphasis on the care they receive. One change that’s aiming to enhance patient satisfaction is to provide online access to full health records for all patients when traditionally only summary care records have been available. It has been reported that only 0.4% of GP patients who have access have utilised the service but it is hoped this number will increase as the service becomes better publicised.

Earlier this month the Carter Interim Report of the NHS was published, and recommendations for cost savings included improved staff organisation, a better approach to procurement and more investment in digital platforms.

Due to the end of the National Program for IT in the NHS there is set to be a period of change when it comes to the IT systems in place.  This means there is great opportunity for health organisations to tap into the pool of innovative and cost effective digital technology out there today.

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