2016 End of Year Highlights

Posted on 19th December 2016 by Jenny Jones

As we reach the last remaining weeks of 2016 it’s time to sit back and reflect on the year we have had. 2016 has been quite the year, with Brexit, Trump becoming President, Tim Peake going into space and back, David Bowie dying, Leonardo DiCaprio winning an Oscar, Bob Dylan being awarded a Nobel Prize…

CDIS Announcement

Posted on 16th December 2016 by Jenny Jones

Connexica have secured a place on the new Clinical and Digital Information Systems (CDIS) Framework, for Lot 3.7 ‘Informatics and Reporting’. The CDIS Framework aims to cover an estimated £1 billion of IT work in London and the South between now and 2020. Additionally, the framework has been extended to be available to health and…

Top Technology Trends 2016: Predictions Revisited

Posted on 16th December 2016 by Ben Edge

Each year we bring you a selection of our predictions for the following year, however this year, we thought we’d be different and look back at the technology predictions we made last year and see which were accurate which and have fallen short. Prediction 1 – Internet of Things is becoming more practical It’s fair…

2017 Healthcare Technology Predictions

Posted on 9th December 2016 by Jenny Jones

With 2017 fast approaching, it’s time for our healthcare technology predictions. Every day we are bombarded by the media highlighting inefficiencies in the NHS, the obesity crisis and an aging population. How can technology help drive efficiency, reduce the burden of our overworked NHS and improve the lives of the population? 1 – Rise in…

2017 Technology Predictions

Posted on 17th November 2016 by Jenny Jones

While 2016 may be remembered for its unexpected political outcomes, the technology news has also seen its fair share of publicity. A year that will be remembered for the forced ‘upgrade’ to Windows 10, the short-lived phenomenon that was Pokémon Go! and Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone, opting to sell no less…

Connexica awarded Tech Market View Little British Battlers

Posted on 9th November 2016 by Jenny Jones

Connexica is pleased to announce it has been selected to participate in the ninth TechMarketView Little British Battlers (LBB) event on 15th November. As one of just 12 SMEs selected to participate, Connexica will have a chance to present their company to the TechMarketView analyst team to discuss their strategy and receive constructive feedback. Connexica…

4 Key Takeaways from EHI Live 2016

Posted on 4th November 2016 by Ben Edge

I write this having wrapped up another year of discussion at our stand at EHI Live 2016. All of the planning and hard work that has gone into this year’s exhibition certainly feels like it has been worth it now. It’s safe to say it has been another successful year for us at EHI Live…

EHI Live 2016 – Another Successful Exhibition for Connexica

Posted on 3rd November 2016 by Jenny Jones

With a brand new stand and a team of experts, Connexica continued their tenth anniversary year in style with a second successful exhibition at EHI Live 2016, the UK’s largest digital health show. The conference focussed on the pressing digital subjects that will play a key role in defining the future of the UK’s healthcare,…

Swansea Building Society to Harness Next-Generation Solution

Posted on 3rd November 2016 by Jenny Jones

Swansea Building Society has chosen Connexica’s Search Powered Analytics solution, CXAIR, to provide them with a reporting and analytics solution. This new relationship will see Connexica train, develop and support Swansea Building Society with a self-service solution designed to improve analysis and insight. Gareth Stroud, Financial Controller at Swansea said: “We looked at many different…

Connexica’s Continued Passion to Recruit Locally

Posted on 18th October 2016 by Jenny Jones

Maintaining a continued commitment to the local area, Stafford technology firm, Connexica, has recently appointed a Sales and Marketing apprentice on a 12 month placement – the first of its kind for the organisation. In the last three years, Connexica have recruited over 20% of its team from Universities and Colleges within Staffordshire. Connexica stand…

You are What You Eat: Feeding a Healthy Data Warehouse

Posted on 14th October 2016 by Tom Jardine

Now technology has infiltrated our everyday lives and smartphones provide us with an ever increasing array of varying information, the internet has become a far more accessible commodity. While it has grown enormously over the past decade, the data is actually easier to navigate than ever before, with seemingly limitless content rapidly available to be…

How the Financial Services Sector can Harness their Disparate Data with Big Data Analytics

Posted on 7th October 2016 by Ben Edge

In recent years, banks and building societies within the financial sector have had to respond to the vastly changing landscape of the financial world.  As customers drive change from the traditional high street branches to a more modern digital service it is imperative that these organisations do not get left behind. The number of building…

Connexica Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Posted on 30th September 2016 by Jenny Jones

50% of UK start-ups fail within the first five years, so what has made Connexica stand the test of time? Innovation and pride! This month sees local technology firm, Connexica, celebrate ten years of trading on the technology park in Stafford. The company originally developed their analytics solution, CXAIR, to improve the everyday data challenges…

How Data Centralisation Combats Fraud

Posted on 16th September 2016 by Tom Jardine

In recent years, fraud has become a recurring problem for local authorities in the UK. Back in 2013, it was found that as many as one fifth of London council tenancies showed ‘indications of fraud’, and the Annual Fraud Indicator (AFI) concluded that a figure of £52 billion had been taken from the economy due…

A New Approach to Tackling the NHS Winter Pressures

Posted on 9th September 2016 by Ben Edge

As we start moving into the latter stages of the year, I thought it was about time we revisited a topic that we covered last year in our blog – the NHS winter pressures. A lot has happened in the NHS over the last year: the four hour A&E waiting time targets have been missed,…

Has the IoT Gone OTT?

Posted on 2nd September 2016 by Tom Jardine

Imagine this scenario: you wake up one morning and brew yourself a fresh, pod-based coffee. While basking in the decadence of your velvety beverage you glance back into the cupboard and a harsh reality dawns: you are running low on pods. This is no ordinary coffee. You cannot simply leave the house to restock the…

The Value of Integrating Business Intelligence and ERP

Posted on 26th August 2016 by Ben Edge

The traditional challenge facing fast-growing organisations and large enterprises is being able to manage all of their business processes and ever-growing number of operational systems. This is when an Enterprise Report Planning (ERP) system such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV is implemented to integrate these systems and lead a more intelligent, streamlined and automated approach to…

How Can Analytics Improve Operating Theatre Efficiency?

Posted on 19th August 2016 by Tom Jardine

With numerous operational systems and data input procedures that vary depending on the individual and their department, uncovering causal links between patients and operating theatre efficiency in the NHS is not a straightforward task. Theatre time is the most costly activity that a hospital delivers. If cancellations can be reduced, huge cost savings can be…

How to Improve Community Care Service Efficiency with Data Analytics

Posted on 12th August 2016 by Ben Edge

Cuts in community and social care budgets are adversely affecting services provided by local care organisations. These were the findings from a King’s Fund NHS Monitoring report, which surveyed NHS Trust finance directors and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) finance leads. The findings have been supported by statistics coming from NHS performance data, showing that over…

Traditional Solutions: Left Behind?

Posted on 5th August 2016 by Tom Jardine

As the world grinds to a standstill with fully grown adults catching virtual monsters from a twenty year old Gameboy game, many missed a big piece of news – another technology has bid farewell and joined the Dodo in the land of extinction. Last week, the world was faced with the death of the VCR.…

What Does Pokémon GO Mean For Big Data?

Posted on 29th July 2016 by Ben Edge

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you may have heard of Pokémon GO – the augmented reality mobile game that has swept the globe. While you will have certainly heard about it, odds are also in-favour of you having at least downloaded and played it as it has…

Where Did care.data Fail and What Next for the NHS?

Posted on 22nd July 2016 by Tom Jardine

Described by the NHS in 2013 as an initiative that “will bring together health and social care information from different settings in order to see what’s working really well in the NHS and what could be done better”, the ‘care.data’ programme sounded like a genuinely positive, innovative approach for a healthcare service now under intense…

Utilising Data Augmentation for Better, More Accurate Reporting

Posted on 15th July 2016 by Ben Edge

The wide-spread availability of analytics has thrust us into a period where we are able to assess past-performance and make informed decisions on how to move into the future. The growth of self-service has only served to open this up to everyone – including those non-technical users. However, the quality of data fed into our…

The Innovation Game: What Next for Analytics?

Posted on 7th July 2016 by Tom Jardine

We are now living in a time of great uncertainty. Previously inconceivable ideas have come to fruition, leaving the general public with an unclear future for generations to come. That’s right – Ikea will soon be selling flat-pack bikes. If self-driving cars on the road sounded dangerous, imagine the horrifying spectacle of Aunt Mabel straddling…

The Truth Behind Brexit’s Impact on the NHS

Posted on 30th June 2016 by Ben Edge

I’m sure many of you are as frustrated as me in researching the arguments pro-remain and pro-leave for the EU referendum. If it was anything like my experience then it proved to be a challenge sifting through the arguments peddled to fit within certain agendas. Apart from the subject of immigration, one of the key…

Looking Back to the Future of Predictive Analytics

Posted on 24th June 2016 by Tom Jardine

What comes to mind when faced with the notion of ‘seeing’ into the future? While fortune telling and idiosyncratic FBI agents have made supernatural representations in popular culture, the reality has been far more obvious: data analysis. Without knowing it, you may have already been exposed to the results of predictive analytics; online shopping recommendations…

Using Data Quality Rules to Improve Reporting

Posted on 17th June 2016 by Ben Edge

The outcomes of any analytics project start with the quality of data being pumped into the main system from the various sources the organisation has available. That’s why it is always a surprise when an organisation doesn’t take data quality seriously. Sure, it’s not going to hinder you functionally. The data sources can still be…

The Self-Service Analytics Evolution

Posted on 10th June 2016 by Tom Jardine

Today we live in a world of self-service. More tasks than ever before can be completed without even a hint of social interaction; buying fuel, withdrawing cash and even brewing fresh coffee can be achieved without the forced conversational drudgery from a fellow human being. This changing nature of user interaction is not due to…

Councils Use Analytics to Reduce Costs

Posted on 3rd June 2016 by Jenny Jones

Mid Kent Services (MKS), a partnership of local authorities from the Mid Kent region has appointed Staffordshire based business intelligence software provider, Connexica, to work on a project to improve local authority services. Since mid-2016, MKS, which encompasses Maidstone, Swale and Tunbridge Wells Borough Councils, has used Connexica’s CXAIR software to analyse the wide range…

Five Top Tips for Creating High-Quality Infographics

Posted on 2nd June 2016 by Jenny Jones

Let’s start with some interesting facts: An infographic is 30 times more likely to be read than a text-based article Humans remember 80% of what they see compared to 20% of what they read 90% of information that is processed by the brain is visual The saying ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’ comes to…

Data Insight: A&E Waiting Times

Posted on 26th May 2016 by Tom Jardine

With increasing pressure to meet targets, the NHS is monitored constantly to assess performance. One target that has been repeatedly missed in recent months states that 95% of patients should be treated and discharged from the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department within four hours. However, waiting times continue to increase with every report and January…

4 Best-Practice Tips to Improve Your KPI Dashboard

Posted on 19th May 2016 by Ben Edge

The KPI dashboard is often the staple report sent to management figures in various departments across the organisation. Its aim? To inform how their area of responsibility is performing at a glance. For example, their area of responsibility could be a particular division of the organisation such as a department, or, at an even higher…

The Need for High Quality Data in the Junior Doctor Contract Debate

Posted on 16th May 2016 by Tom Jardine

Regardless of your preferred news outlet, the use of statistics to illustrate current events is synonymous with the press. Everything from graduate job prospects to voter participation can be neatly broken down into easily digestible chunks of high quality data, allowing comparisons to previous years and showcasing the current social and political issues. With any…

Revealed: The NHS and Google Data-Sharing Agreement

Posted on 6th May 2016 by Ben Edge

The true scope of the data-sharing deal between Google’s DeepMind project and the Royal Free NHS Trust, comprising of three hospitals within London, has been revealed. The agreement allows Google’s DeepMind complete access to all patient records across these three hospitals rather than a more targeted subset of data specifically aimed at Acute Kidney Injury…

Paperless NHS: From Big Paper to Big Data

Posted on 29th April 2016 by Tom Jardine

Today I feel green. Not with envy or sickness, but with my environmentally-friendly decision to trade a relatively fast car for a hilariously slow, efficient model. While I will miss the copious assortment of turbocharged stallions under the bonnet and the plush comfort so kindly donated by a generous herd of quadrupedal upholstery-enthusiasts, the huge…

Essential Steps in Building a Data Driven Culture

Posted on 22nd April 2016 by Ben Edge

Data is the key to unlocking business insights and improving our decision-making, but how many of us can actually say that our business is pulling useful insights from the data it has available? Not many: more than 35% of the top 5,000 global companies failed to make insightful decisions about significant changes in their business…

Analytics Ahead, in the Clouds?

Posted on 15th April 2016 by Tom Jardine

Let us rewind two decades to the year 1996. A time of intense emotional distress when Take That parted ways, compounded by the debut single ‘Wannabe’ from the Spice Girls, laughs when watching Rachel Green’s controversial touchdown and awe at that Paul Gascoigne goal. If you were asked about the impact of the ‘cloud’ on…

Are OLAP Cubes an Outdated Technology?

Posted on 8th April 2016 by Ben Edge

OLAP cubes – a technology that was introduced in the 70’s for the purposes of storing multi-dimensional data in a format that could be easily queried by reporting technologies. It had a major impact on the way that we thought of databases and rewrote expectations with regards to how easy and quick data could be…

Sustainable Healthcare: Empowering the NHS with Big Data

Posted on 5th April 2016 by Tom Jardine

When reading recent news articles where health is concerned, you could be forgiven for feeling increasingly pessimistic that sustainable Healthcare can exist within the NHS in the near future. Whether it is relentless reminders of the financial problems that threaten the organisation, backed unequivocally by official reports, or the morale-crushing contracts imposed on junior doctors…

Real-Time Data Warehouse – Myth or Reality?

Posted on 24th March 2016 by Ben Edge

Is it possible to achieve a true real-time data warehouse or is it simply a myth? In this blog post I’m hoping I can put this question to bed once and for all whilst explaining what we can achieve by aiming for a real-time data environment. I suppose the best place to start is by…

Legacy BI vs. CXAIR: The Search Engine Evolution

Posted on 18th March 2016 by Tom Jardine

At a time where up-to-date information from around the world is readily available regardless of time or computing proficiency, why should business intelligence (BI) be any different? Reliance on professionals to decode seemingly endless streams of disconnected data must be challenged. Built in response to the increasingly outdated ‘legacy BI’ systems, CXAIR offers a unique…

Connexica Among Finalists at the Sentinel Business Awards

Posted on 16th March 2016 by Ben Edge

Last night saw Connexica attend The Sentinel Business Awards held at The King’s Hall in Stoke-on-Trent. It was a great opportunity for local businesses to come together, celebrate business and innovation locally and be recognised within their respective categories. The evening was attended by local businesses from a variety of sectors including engineering, logistics, energy…

Why Healthcare Dashboards are Vital to the NHS

Posted on 14th March 2016 by Jenny Jones

Access to timely information within NHS organisations has never been more important. With NHS A&E departments regularly missing targets, it was reported last year that for the 12th time in 13 months performance dropped below 95% with A&E departments missing their four hour target to see, treat or discharge A&E patients. The Carter Review final…

The Sugar Crisis: A Sweet End for the NHS?

Posted on 4th March 2016 by Ben Edge

Is there a link between the sugar crisis and the current state of the NHS? It would definitely seem that way. According to the BBC, ‘nearly every hospital in England is now in deficit’. The national deficit is set to reach up to £2.8bn and the strain on the NHS can no longer be ignored.…

Mental Health Data – Visualising the Invisible

Posted on 26th February 2016 by Jenny Jones

Here at Connexica we’ve talked a lot about the importance of data within healthcare over the past few months. We’ve looked at how CCGs can benefit from data analytics software, how IoT and big data can improve our health, and even how using data to prevent physical health conditions can reduce pressure on the NHS.…

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals to Tackle A&E Targets With New Analytics Tool

Posted on 22nd February 2016 by Ben Edge

Staff to gain real-time intelligence on A&E performance, discharge times, high risk patients, project governance and more through Connexica’s CXAIR Hospital staff are to get the rapid insights they need to improve everything from A&E waiting times to patients’ lengths of stay, now that Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has commenced deployment of…

Structured vs. Unstructured Data – Working as One

Posted on 19th February 2016 by Ben Edge

Historically, structured data has dominated data analysis for those looking to understand each aspect of their organisation. Already formatted in a way that machines are able to understand and comprehend, structured data was the obvious choice for organisations to base their analysis on. Whilst it has the benefit of being easy to store, query and…

Unifying Healthcare Data: CCGs and Digital Roadmaps

Posted on 9th February 2016 by Jenny Jones

Across the country, healthcare organisations are benefitting from the implementation of agile and intuitive BI solutions. Software of this kind can aid the process of data analysis and discovery for NHS organisations by unifying healthcare data – disparate data sets can be joined up easily and effortlessly, without the need for specialists or trained data…

What is Boolean Search?

Posted on 5th February 2016 by Ben Edge

In this blog post we look at “What is Boolean Search?”, identifying its origin and the impact Boolean operators have on a search string. Hopefully by the end of this blog post you’ll have a better understanding of Boolean search and you’ll be able to improve the quality of your searches on Google and other…

Big Data and IoT: How Can They Improve Our Health?

Posted on 28th January 2016 by Jenny Jones

Big Data and IoT Big Data and IoT (Internet of Things) are appearing in an increasing number of conversations about technology and healthcare in 2016, but what do these terms mean? More importantly, how can they help us improve our health? Xenon Health describe the IoT as ‘a phenomenon through which the operational aspects of the…

What is the Internet of Everything?

Posted on 22nd January 2016 by Ben Edge

As the Internet of Things (commonly abbreviated to IoT) has now become a part of the mainstream in our society, this blog is dedicated to looking at the less well-known, yet even bigger picture concept – the Internet of Everything (yes, you guessed it – it’s abbreviated to IoE). Many of you are probably asking…

Big Data & Marketing – What Marketers Must Know

Posted on 15th January 2016 by Ben Edge

Marketing has historically been a tricky subject when measuring and understanding the impacts and outcomes of its activities – often the difficulty relates to being able to quantify the results of marketing efforts. However, with more data available than ever before and more marketing solutions flooding the market than you can shake a stick at,…

Junior Doctors and Jeremy Hunt: The Strikes Begin

Posted on 12th January 2016 by Jenny Jones

Strikes ensue as junior doctors and Jeremy Hunt continue to clash Back in October, amidst the initial disagreements between junior doctors and Jeremy Hunt, we considered the implications that the Health Secretary’s plans for restructuring junior doctor contracts would have on the NHS. At the end of 2015, the nation saw a brief reprieve in…

Saving the NHS by Beginning to Save Ourselves

Posted on 8th January 2016 by Jenny Jones

2016 is set to be the year of health – healthy bodies, healthy minds, and a healthy NHS that will feel relieved of some of its recent pressures. This January, as with every other January in recent history, many of us will have resolved to be a fitter, healthier version of ourselves; to join the…