Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has deployed a complete business intelligence solution from healthcare business intelligence specialist Ardentia to improve data quality, enhance Trust-wide reporting and enable more effective management.
The Trust employs over 7,000 members of staff to serve the communities of Wakefield District and North Kirklees, with an annual budget of £330 million. Operating across multiple sites, the Trust sees an average of 2,500 people pass through outpatients and Accident and Emergency each day and carries out over 235 planned procedures.
To help it better monitor its business performance and delivery of patient care, the Trust wanted a tailored business intelligence system that provided a central source of clinical data, allowing clinicians and managers to make more informed decisions to further improve healthcare provision and optimise financial management.
After assessing the available options, the Trust went through a tendering process and selected Ardentia to help it develop a robust business intelligence system that would meet its needs.
James Rawlinson, Assistant Director of IT at the Trust said: “It’s critical that clinicians, managers and other stakeholders can easily access and use the information we have in our systems to better plan how healthcare can be delivered and make sure GPs feel assured in allocating resources across a health economy. As a provider, we are receiving a growing number of queries regarding this information and Ardentia has provided us with a complete business intelligence system that enables us to manage those queries, obtain in-depth data quickly and easily, and support robust business planning.
“Here at the Trust, we wanted to drive organisational agility and efficiency using the technology as a key enabler, allowing clinicians to view and record information with minimum effort, at the point of care.”
The Trust’s Ardentia solution comprises a HealthWare data warehouse, Patient Level Costing solution and Theatres reporting module, specifically designed to help NHS managers and clinicians better manage operating theatre utilisation.
Prior to the deployment, managers and health professionals at the Trust relied on data published in a range of different sources, making the retrieval and updating of records slower and impeding the ability to develop a picture of trust wide performance.
The Ardentia solution enables the Trust to gain quicker, more effective access to data and eliminates any inconsistencies between different data sources, allowing managers and clinicians to make informed decisions. The Trust can also access detailed cost breakdowns, identifying areas where efficiency can be improved or savings can be made, without compromising the quality of patient care.
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.