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Are OLAP Cubes an Outdated Technology?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…

Unifying Healthcare Data: CCGs and Digital Roadmaps

Posted on 9th February 2016 by Alex Roden

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 Alex Roden

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…