Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco, Calif.—03 October 2017
The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), an Arm’s Length Body of the UK Department of Health that provides critical services to the NHS and its patients, has helped to improve patient care by uncovering new efficiencies since implementing Oracle Exadata in 2015. The new technology and processes have also helped enable the NHSBSA to create £581 million of savings for the NHS to put back into patient care.
Using Oracle Exadata, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) is able to provide data so that the NHS and other clients, for example Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), can make better-informed treatment decisions for patients. Since implementing the solution, it has been able to combine billions of data points on prescriptions, medicines, medical exemptions, doctor relationships, and call centre services from across the organisation and use this to reveal potential new efficiencies, all of which enable the wider healthcare system to provide better outcomes for patients.
Nina Monckton, chief insight officer at the NHSBSA said: “The NHS sits on billions of data points that have the potential to deliver tremendous value to the wider healthcare system in the UK when combined and analysed effectively. This is something we could never have done without significant processing power beyond what was available to us. Oracle Exadata has helped us make major headway so far, and we continue to uncover new ways to advise the wider NHS on improving the care it provides to patients each day.”
The ability to manipulate and draw insight from patient data has also helped the NHSBSA to manage prescriptions more securely and fight the pressing issue of anti-microbial resistance. By providing accurate, reliable data back to clinicians and policy makers it has enabled antibiotic prescribing to be reduced by 7%.
Dermot O’Kelly, senior vice president UK, Ireland and Israel at Oracle said: “Antimicrobial resistance is a major problem, not just in the UK but around the globe. The United Nations General Assembly unanimously agreed to tackle this issue just over a year ago, and by taking a data-driven approach to cut down the unnecessary use of broad spectrum antibiotics, the NHSBSA is showing the world how technology can help in the fight against over-medication and the rise of drug-resistant disease.”
Additionally, to help reduce the financial burden on the UK’s health system, the NHSBSA set itself the goal of delivering £1 billion in savings for the NHS to reinvest in patient care by the end of 2018. The NHSBSA responded by setting up an analytics lab, where it could consolidate its data, to uncover opportunities locked in this this information.
“The project was about working smarter and faster, reducing the risk of error in our operations and most importantly helping to present options to the wider NHS to enable it to deliver higher standards of patient care and better outcomes. In doing this we were able to uncover cost savings that will allow the UK healthcare system to invest even more funds into providing the best possible care.” concluded Monckton.
The NHS Business Services Authority is a Special Health Authority and an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Health which provides a range of critical central services to NHS organisations, NHS contractors, patients and the public. Its purpose is to support a better NHS with a key strategic goal of creating £1 billion for patients.
For more information about the NHSBSA, please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk
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