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July 7, 2011

UK NHS trust hospital selects TIBCO Spotfire for better patientcare

On-ward visibility of data improvement, and effective decision making through data-led meetings

By CBR Staff Writer

TIBCO Software said UK NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB), has used TIBCO Spotfire to make significant operational improvements, leading to patient care benefits in key areas of the Trust’s two hospitals.

The Trust Informatics team led by Daniel Ray used TIBCO’s in-memory analytics software and powerful data visualizations to create a ‘virtual ward’ bed viewer application.

The team claims the new app slashed decision making times and commercialised its patient anonymised data for use in other parts of the NHS and wider healthcare community.

Previously, meetings could often close with more questions posed than answered, with key decisions delayed, and once meetings reconvened, time would be wasted recapping the last meeting and outstanding questions, which would be frustrating and time consuming for all.

The hospital said with TIBCO Spotfire, those questions can be put to the data as they are asked, and answered immediately, and that data can also be drilled into by interacting with the visualisation through a mouse or other pointing device, right down to anonymised individual patient data.

UHB director of Informatics Daniel Ray said they now have very interactive and engaging meetings that are productive and lead to decisive action.

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"We leave those meetings invigorated, having quickly made decisions that we can all be confident in, and will benefit patients and the Trust," Ray said.

The ‘Bed Viewer’ app is currently being trialed on wards and allows senior nursing staff to have a view of patients coming onto and leaving the ward, through a simple ‘dial-based’ dashboard with red and green status indicators.

Reviewing this data alongside that of current patients in a ‘virtual ward’, enables staff to make decisions quickly and easily about bed allocations as well as drill-down into patient data, such as diagnostic results, in a simple browser-based application.

UHB in association with TIBCO Spotfire has developed a series of data packages that are offered commercially to other parts of the NHS to enable other hospitals and bodies to have access to benchmarking analytics.

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