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…

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…