Improved access to data will help Trust to meet Referral to Treatment, Picture of Health and Payment by Results requirements
27 October, 2009 - South London Healthcare NHS Trust has chosen to deploy business intelligence tools from Ardentia in order to support merger activities and help improve Trust performance.
South London Healthcare NHS Trust was formed in April 2009 as a result of the merger of Bromley, St Mary’s Sidcup and Queen Elizabeth, Woolwich. The newly formed Trust serves a population of over one million people, employs over 6000 staff and has an annual budget of more than £400 million, making it one of the largest NHS hospital Trusts in the country.
To support unified and coordinated management within the new enlarged Trust, and to improve the quality and quantity of clinical and management data, the Trust is deploying Ardentia’s Data Warehouse, Pathway Manager and NetSearch solutions.
User dashboards will give senior management and clinical managers a clear indication of how the Trust as a whole as well as specific departments are performing against the key performance indicators set, to ensure timely intervention if needed.
Tracy Ross Senior ICT Project Manager at the Trust said: “Better quality data is crucial to the smooth running of all Trust operations, and the Ardentia solutions will help us to improve reporting, in order to meet Department of Health requirements.
“We chose Ardentia because of their experience of pulling together multiple systems across multiple sites, in order to create a standard and unified reporting solution for staff to access the clinical and management data needed to make timely and informed operational decisions.”
Prior to the merger, all three Trusts were running their own separate data management systems, which were not interoperable. The Ardentia reporting solutions provide a single, unified view for information across all three Trusts, enabling staff working at any site to access the information they need on clinical activity, patient pathways, finance and staffing resource.
The Trust will be using Ardentia’s Pathway Manager tool to ensure timely access to care and help the Trust meet the 18-week wait referral to treatment requirements. Previously, patients needing treatment at the different hospitals were discharged and then readmitted, but in the new enlarged Trust patients are transferred between sites. Pathway Manager supports real-time reporting, giving clinicians an accurate overview of where patients are on their pathway of care, to help avoid any potential breaches.
The solutions will also help the Trust to meet its Payment by Results requirements by giving managers a more accurate indication of the cost attached to care delivered, and the income received. This will play an important role in helping the Trust to operate on a robust business footing.
Stafford based Ardentia employs 58 staff and works exclusively on the delivery of software for healthcare. With over 100 clients in the NHS, it is the largest dedicated supplier of such systems, with customers at all levels of the health service: hospital trusts, Primary Care Trusts, Strategic Health Authorities and national service suppliers such as Connecting for Health.
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