Giving Back to the NHS – “Busting the data Storm”

Every week, 362 plus NHS CEOs, COO and service managers open their inboxes in anticipation of the latest emergency demand report from the east London based healthcare tech start-up, Draper & Dash. Led by their Director of Analytics and Deputy CIO of the largest trust in the country, the hip tech start-up is truly creating waves within healthcare through the use of Open Data but above all they seem to care about saving hospitals and giving back to the NHS.

So why all the fuss about a weekly report? Well as I’m sure you would have gathered by now, they are not just PDFs! Draper and Dash or D&D, as they call themselves, has been spending much time in their R&D incubator looking for ways in which they can give back to the NHS. The weekly reports are just one of many ways in which they do so for FREE! The reports are accompanied with their free interactive hospital applications which have been providing hospitals with a new way of benchmarking themselves to the entire country on a weekly basis on their Accident and Emergency (A&E) performance. The report also provides hospitals with visibility of intelligence such as their ranking and performance over a number of years as a means of driving up improvement and understanding variation. The reports are clean and easy to understand and have now become a part of the largest healthcare employer’s weekly management report for the first time.

For almost a decade NHS hospitals across the country have been submitting aggregate returns centrally. With one of the more commonly known submission relating to emergency care being delivered by the 140+ emergency departments across the country. D&D’s drive to give back has seen them work with their technology partner, Qlik, to develop a mechanism for harnessing and sharing the tailored reports for each hospital as a free weekly report to the NHS.

“We were concerned that our colleagues in the NHS did not have time to download and manipulate this data. We wanted to provide easy access and visibility to the hospitals” says Orlando Agrippa Director of Analytics. The free weekly report provides executive teams, operations and clinical team with detailed analysis of emergency demand in their hospital and the rest of the country, which has gone down well with the majority of trusts. The report is seen, by some, to not only drive up visibility in hospitals using open data but an ideal way for meeting people where they are.

The D&D team felt that too many organisations are suffering from a data storm, where there is somewhat of a flooding of data which just becomes dangerous for executives, clinicians and managers to make decisions. The data storm when coupled with limited time to absorb the intelligence can create significant risk for any organisations. Our reports and free D&D applications are designed to help hospitals to easily absorb the intelligence and make decisions as opposed to being consumed by too large sums of data. A big part of the tech-start-ups drive is to find a way to free up 2-3 extra hours each day for clinical, operational and executives, through the use of the reports and apps, so that those individuals can find innovative lasting solutions to some of the issues within the NHS.

The healthcare tech start-up refuses to stop at the performance open datasets. Later this year the team will be releasing a series of research studies open data report across the healthcare space. This with be delivered as part of its growing relationship with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and will be done as a means of  harnessing readily available research data to drive forward a greater adoption of research in hospitals. The team is excited about the level of visibility which could be brought to healthcare research and studies within the UK. The NIHR believe that this will add value to their suite of open data intelligence to organisations.