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…

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 Alex Roden

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.…

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…