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…

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…

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…

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…