Salford Hospital installs NPfIT-compatible reporting systems
7 February 2006
Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust has adopted the new management reporting
system, HealthData Manager, from System C Healthcare plc. The reporting
system is designed to work both with the current system at the hospital and
the patient administration system from the NHS National Programme for IT
when it is installed.
Launched early in 2005, HealthData Manager has been preconfigured for NHS
information requirements and can take data feeds from core systems such as
PAS as well as third-party systems. It can be used by any NHS Trust as an
effective cross-system reporting solution. Running on the BusinessObjects
platform, it is easy to navigate, manage and to use.
The product is already being used by several trusts that have installed
new PAS systems under the National Programme for IT (NPfIT). A more recent
trend is the sale of the reporting tool to trusts that have yet to start
their PAS implementation projects. The main benefit of early adoption of
HealthData Manager is that staff can be trained to use the system and create
all the necessary reports well in advance of the go-live of the
"mission-critical" PAS system. This reduces the risk of any problems with
performance-related reports such as waiting list statistics once the new PAS
goes in, helping to ensure a smooth and seamless transition between systems.
HealthData Manager merely switches its data source from the legacy PAS to
the new generic data feeds with minimum disruption to operational processes.
Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust has chosen to implement HealthData
Manager early. The implementation of the CfH PAS presents the Trust with an
opportunity to implement a reporting solution which is designed to be
flexible and grow with the organisation in a structured manner. The project
is designed to ensure that following the implementation of the new CfH PAS,
the Trust can continue to function effectively, including the provision of
suitable reports to drive operational processes such as admissions and
appointment booking, the production of statutory returns to external bodies
and the delivery of appropriate, timely management information to inform
decision making at all levels.
Dave Ebbit, Head of IT at the Trust explains, "'The project requires
executive-level support due to the complexity and cross organisational
impact of introducing new reporting systems and for these to become an
accepted and 'fit for purpose' tool to fully support the Trust's operational
and management processes. This is a major project for Salford Royal
Salford will also benefit from the HealthData Manager User Group, which
meets for the first time in March 2006. System C will be encouraging the
sharing of ideas, reports, resources and an open exchange of initiatives.