Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is deploying a business analytics platform to get a single view of it patients and help deliver better care.

The London NHS heart and lung specialist will initially use SAS Visual Analytics to give a quick insight into research problems that can then be more fully explored on the SAS platform.

The trust will then look to move some of its operational reporting into Visual Analytics and, in the longer-term, the Big Data system will "be seen as the mechanism by which clinicians and management collaborate and share insight across the business of the hospital", said the trust.

SAS Visual Analytics is an in-memory system designed for exploring any amount of data very quickly. Users can spot patterns, identify opportunities for further analysis and convey visual results via web reports, as well as on iPad and Android tablets.

Users can then explore all data and visually present results. They can quickly identify patterns, trends and relationships in data that are not apparent before being graphically displayed.

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust CIO Joanna Smith said: “We have access to a wealth of information which we must capitalise on so we can deliver services better suited to the individual needs of each patient.

"Evidence-based decisions that draw on all the available data are essential to achieving this. This project reflects our strategy of partnership and collaboration with other organisations, via a technical platform, so we can easily share information with partners, community care organisations and patients.”

Cliff Morgan, clinical lead for IT at Royal Brompton & Harefield, said: “Incorporating analytics into our research trials can deliver new insights in key areas, such as the factors that lie behind the onset of heart and lung disease, which can then inform critical decisions about how we treat our patients.”

Last year Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust decided to deploy a new business intelligence and analytics system to gain improved insight from its big data. The MedeAnalytics system is being used to analyse quality, activity and financial performance metrics to identify areas of interest or concern as quickly as possible.