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 Reduce Theatre Cancellations?

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 theatre cancellations 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 achieved.…

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…

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…