EHI Special Report – Business Intelligence

In the latest EHI Special Report on Business Intelligence in the NHS, Tom Mulhern, CEO of Ardentia, comments on the increasing sophistication of care providers in their approach to and use of patient level costing information.

The report looks at how trusts in England have been gathering, analysing and interpreting patient-level information to give clinicians a complete view of the care delivered to patients, and the associated costs. This in turn enables meaningful, evidence-based dialogue between commissioners and providers.

The report focuses on Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, and how it produces a detailed account of care services delivered and costs for every patient it treats, as a result of implementing Ardentia’s Patient Level Costing solution.

Tom said: “At that level of granularity, Trusts are able to get into comparing treatment costs for patients with similar conditions across different clinicians. It is not an easy process but the value from what you can achieve is enormous.”

You can read the full EHI report here

Ardentia at Smart Healthcare Live, London, 14 – 15 June

Come and see us on stand J23 at  Smart Healthcare Live in London next week and find out how our solutions are enabling clinicians and financial healthcare professionals make effective, evidence-based decisions in organisations across the NHS.

The Show runs from Tuesday 14th – Wednesday 15th June at ExCel in London’s Docklands and focuses on the current challenges facing the NHS and how the latest healthcare IT solutions can help address them.

We’ll be showcasing our key business intelligence solutions for Acute, Commissioners and Mental Health Trusts. So drop by and we’ll show you how our powerful web-based analysis and reporting, patient level costing, care pathway and payment by results solutions can help you unlock the real answers in your data that will enable you to improve patient care, service delivery and financial control.

Ardentia Introduces Updated Patient Level Costing Solution

Ardentia has introduced an updated version of its Patient Level Costing solution (PLC), which gives NHS Trusts greater financial visibility at patient level and helps them to drive out inefficiencies and improve patient experience.

The updated PLC solution is able to unify existing and future reports into a single administration screen for greater flexibility and ease of use. The new Administrators Dashboard makes administration of the system easier, and also gives users the ability to create and enhance administrative reporting to reflect their own site-specific analytics.

Patient Level Costing allows clinicians and financial staff to drill down to individual patient level and analyse the exact costs incurred for each treatment, helping to drive out inefficiencies, deliver improvements and generate savings.

You can read the full article on Hospital Information Technology Europe.

More Choice For Patients, Says Monitor

Patients have been promised more choice in where they are treated as a result of plans for more competition in healthcare, according to the BBC.

Dr David Bennett, head of the economic regulator Monitor, has told the BBC he expects to see more private companies and charities treating NHS patients. If NHS services cannot attract patients they will be allowed to close.

Under the government’s plans, Monitor will regulate a healthcare market in which the NHS, private sector companies and charities will compete to treat NHS patients. The watchdog will also have a legal duty to promote competition, while ensuring no community loses access to essential health services.

Dr Bennett believes more competition will mean better value for taxpayers and a ‘pressure to innovate’.

As the new GP commissioning regime is introduced, Trusts will also need to demonstrate to GPs that they are performing well and operating on a firm financial footing.

Business Intelligence tools – like Ardentia’s Patient Level Costing solution and Activity Flow Analytics gives Trusts the data needed to prove to new GP consortia that they can deliver a service within a specified time frame and most importantly, within budget. Therefore, deploying effective BI solutions will support Trusts as they enter a new competitive landscape.

Read the BBC article here.

Tameside Hospital Plans to Reduce Length of Hospital Stays to Save Money

Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been warned by Monitor to make significant changes in order to save money and improve its finances.

The independent regulator has found the Trust to be in ‘significant breach’ of its terms after its financial position deteriorated in the second quarter of 2010/11, leaving it with an estimated £1.4m deficit.

The Trust is currently taking steps to generate savings, with plans to cut the length of hospital stays due to new community-based services and daytime surgical facilities.

Although this may be appropriate in some cases, Trusts still need to ensure patients receive the right care, at the right time. Knowing when to discharge a patient is often a fine balance and can be a difficult decision for clinicians – made even more complicated by a variety of financial implications that they have to consider.

In this situation, having access to detailed financial information is vital. Through Ardentia’s Patient Level Costing solution, managers and clinicians can identify the costs associated with each patient’s care. Having this level of insight allows Trusts to calculate the costs of continuing to provide hospital care to a patient, and compare it with the readmission costs for a patient with a similar condition who may have been discharged too early.

Having as much data to work with allows managers to make more informed decisions – ultimately helping to improve care delivery and ensure a positive patient experience.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Turns To Ardentia for Business Intelligence

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has deployed a complete business intelligence solution from Ardentia to improve data quality, enhance Trust-wide reporting and enable more effective management.

The Trust employs over 7,000 members of staff to serve the communities of Wakefield District and North Kirklees, with an annual budget of £330 million. Operating across multiple sites, the Trust sees an average of 2,500 people pass through outpatients and Accident and Emergency each day and carries out over 235 planned procedures.

The tailored Ardentia solution has provided a central source of clinical data, allowing more informed decisions to be made to further improve healthcare provision and optimise financial management.

Comprising a HealthWare data warehouse, Patient Level Costing solution and Theatres reporting module, the Ardentia solution provides quicker, more effective access to data, as well as detailed cost breakdowns for robust financial planning.

To find out more about the deployment visit Dashboard Insight.

Scottish NHS Required to Make Savings of £300m

The NHS in Scotland has been told that it must make efficiency savings of over £300m, which will be ploughed back into frontline spending.

However, the chairman of the BMA in Scotland has warned that local GPs must be closely involved in decisions about cuts, in order to avoid compromising quality of care.

Scottish Health Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched the revised NHS Efficiency and Productivity Framework, which sets out how NHS boards will make efficiency savings. A target of 3% has been set for this financial year.

The Framework also highlights the need for innovative ways to remove waste, improve quality and streamline services. With this in mind, the question arises – how can Trusts generate these efficiency savings while ensuring that care does not suffer as a result?

Robust business intelligence tools like Ardentia’s Patient Level Costing (PLC) solution provide NHS managers and clinicians with the high quality data needed to identify areas of waste. Armed with detailed information about the costs incurred for each treatment, Trusts can start to drive out inefficiencies without compromising quality of care and patient experience.

Click here for more information about Ardentia’s PLC solution.

Deploying PLC at Southampton

E-Health Insider has published the case study about Southampton University Hospitals Trust’s deployment of Ardentia’s Patient Level Costing (PLC) solution.

Based on an interview with the Trust’s finance manager Fiona Boyle, the case study shows how the Trust has moved from static service line reports to in-depth patient-level costing using an Ardentia solution.

The Trust’s 7,500 staff treat more than 115,000 inpatients and day patients every year, including 40,000 emergency admissions. They see 350,000 people at outpatient appointments, and deal with around 85,000 cases in the emergency department.  Providing these services costs more than £800,000 every day, and therefore robust financial management is essential to the effective running of the Trust.

With PLC deployed, the Trust’s clinicians and finance staff can drill down further to analyse data and get the specific information needed to help drive change, deliver improvements and generate savings.

Ardentia’s solution has also enabled staff to compare reference costs with actual costs of treatment at a patient level, helping them meet the requirements of NHS Monitor.

Click here to read the full case study on EHI.

Monitor Issues Recommendations Following Failed Foundation Trust Bids

Independent regulator Monitor has published a list of lessons to be learnt following recent failed foundation trust applications. In new guidance published this week, Monitor said common reasons for failure were lack of transparency in board reporting, limited savings plans and breaches of the private patient income cap.

The guidance came as a number of trusts announced that they would look to merge, rather than pursue applications and become autonomous foundations.

Since September ten trusts have been authorised as foundation trusts but a further 74 acute and 18 mental health trusts are yet to achieve the status. All NHS trusts must either become a foundation trust or merge with one by March 2014.

In preparation for these changes, trusts need to show that they are financially stable, have appropriate market share and are operating as efficiently as possible within budget. This is why implementing business intelligence tools – like Ardentia’s Patient Level Costing and Activity Flow Analytics – which facilitate robust financial analysis could be key in the process of achieving foundation trust status.

Read the full article on HSJ.

Patient Level Costing at Southampton

A case study about Southampton University Hospitals Trust’s deployment of Ardentia’s Patient Level Information & Costing System (PLICS) has been published on Director of Finance.

The Trust provides local hospital services to 500,000 people in Southampton and South Hampshire, as well as specialist services such as neurosciences, cardiac services and children’s intensive care to more than three million people in central southern England and the Channel Islands.

Based on an interview with the Trust’s finance manager Fiona Boyle, the case study shows how the Trust has moved from static service line reports to in-depth patient-level costing using a solution from Ardentia. The article also discusses the complex business of financial management in hospitals, and looks at how both efficiency and levels of patient care have been improved with the Ardentia solution implemented.

Click here to read the full case study on Director of Finance and find out more about how patient-level costing has paid off at Southampton.