Barts Health NHS Trust launches analytics application

Qlik WeInform Application will provide over 16,000 employees with access to real-time data to improve decision-making

England’s largest NHS trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, is launching a new analytics application that will empower its entire workforce to make data-driven decisions and transform outcomes.

The WeInform application, powered by the Qlik Sense data analytics platform, was created in response to data accessibility needs at the trust.

It enables over 16,000 employees, located across five hospitals and a number of community locations, to retrieve real-time insights to improve decision-making.

The user-friendly application is available on mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, and puts valuable insights relating to waiting list data, demand surges, and healthcare trends directly into the hands of frontline healthcare professionals.

Healthcare providers have been under increased and extraordinary pressure over the past year as demand for hospital services drastically increased

An alert system within the application is also transforming how frontline staff operate.

For example, WeInform sends alerts directly to doctors and nurses informing them of COVID-positive patients in hospital care.

With WeInform, doctors and nurses will be able to see patient data, including population health analysis, in an easy-to-visualise dashboard that they can refer to before making a decision on patient care.

The trust is at the start of its data democratisation journey, working in collaboration with Qlik and its partner, Catalyst BI, to create the application within 10 months amid unprecedented demand brought about by the pandemic.

User groups made up of staff that would be using WeInform in their daily roles reviewed and tested the application in the development process to ensure it would be fit for purpose, and that staff would readily turn to the platform once available to them.

“WeInform is a platform that aims to improve data literacy across Barts Health, giving staff access to reports from a single source of truth,” said Charles Guttergide, chief clinical medical officer at the trust.

“WeInform will provide staff access to the data they record at the point of care in our electronic health record, and so WeInform will become the engine for quality improvement and population health analysis.”

Barts Health is not only empowering their people to do more with data and improve their level of data literacy, they are insights directly into the hands of those that require it to make crucial life-saving decisions

Ralph Coulbeck, the trust’s group director of strategy, adds: “WeInform will provide timely, accurate and accessible insights in simple and interactive dashboards.

“This isn't relevant only to developers or analysts – it will give all our staff better access to data, empowering our workforce to continue delivering the best standard of care.”

And Adam Mayer, senior manager at Qlik, said: “Healthcare providers have been under increased and extraordinary pressure over the past year as demand for hospital services drastically increased.

“The WeInform application will transform how the trust accesses and analyses data as a whole.

“Barts Health is not only empowering their people to do more with data and improve their level of data literacy, they are insights directly into the hands of those that require it to make crucial life-saving decisions.”

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