Uncovering deep insights into patient data with advanced analytics
Integrated Radiological Services builds an enhanced analytics and reporting platform to help healthcare providers ensure regulatory compliance
Integrated Radiological Services (IRS) has over 30 years’ experience in providing radiological protection services to clients across the healthcare sector, including NHS Trusts, private hospitals and veterinary practices. Like all care providers operating X-ray technology, its clients have a legal obligation to maintain a log recording the dose of radiation given to each patient. This data log must then be submitted to NHS England for audit to ensure statutory compliance and to identify any anomalies or dose levels that require further investigation.
To help its clients meet their audit requirements, IRS launched a software solution, entitled ‘QADRIS’, that analyses patient-dose data, identifying anomalies and doses exceeding recommended diagnostic levels, and generating compliance reports.
The solution was a hit with clients – but IRS saw room for improvement.
Dr Mike Moores, Director at Integrated Radiological Services, picks up the story: “Initially, we ran the QADRIS solution on SQL, and as uptake grew, we began to encounter problems. As data volumes swelled, it became increasingly timeconsuming to cleanse the data, ready for analysis and reporting. We are a lean team with only 21 members, so to achieve our goals, we need to free employees from repetitive data-preparation tasks and allow them to focus on value-add activities.
“What’s more, QADRIS offered some basic reporting, but we knew that our clients had an appetite for deeper insights into their data. We aim to position ourselves as leaders in the fast-growing medical analytics space, and to meet that goal, we need to ramp up our analytical capabilities.”
Thanks to our work with SAS and OCF, we now have capabilities that set us apart from our competition, and place us at the forefront of healthcare analytics. Dr Mike Moores Director Integrated Readiological Services
Administering a healthy dose of analytics
IRS decided to rebuild its QADRIS offering on SAS solutions, including SAS Office Analytics, SAS Visual Analytics and SAS Visual Statistics. The SAS applications were designed and implemented by OCF, a SAS partner that specialises in data analytics.
Dr Moores explains: “When we first looked at the SAS solutions, we knew we had found the combination of powerful analytics functionality and ease of use that we were searching for. What’s more, SAS provides the robustness and capacity to support increasing numbers of users as our customer base grows – an important consideration for us.”
OCF manages and hosts the solutions in an NHS-approved data centre. OCF also ran a series of workshops with IRS staff to ensure they hit the ground running with the new SAS software, with focused guidance on how to build the most effective queries, reports and dashboards.
“We were delighted to work with OCF,” says Dr Moores. “From the outset they showed an understanding of our business and what we were looking to achieve. The design and implementation went very smoothly, enabling us to gain the benefits of the SAS software immediately.
“Our technical team have been very impressed with the functionality and usability of SAS. We are continually learning more about the power of SAS and intend to develop its functionality.”
Finger on the pulse of compliance data
The SAS solutions have enabled IRS to automate most of the cleansing and ingestion of client datasets, reducing the need for manual intervention. In addition, they apply powerful analytics to patient-dose data, and generate both standard and bespoke reports to help clients demonstrate compliance.
Dr Moores explains: “The business benefits to IRS are twofold. The automated processing of a single client audit data has reduced our workload from around 3 days per audit to no more than 2 hours – a time saving of 92 percent. Over 12 months, that represents a huge resource saving. Because our highly-trained staff are no longer consumed by data-preparation tasks, they can focus on the primary job of generating value from the data. What’s more, by accelerating the cleansing and preparation of data, we can provide compliance reports to clients faster than ever before, boosting service quality.
“Secondly, delivering an advanced reporting and analysis service will allow us to grow our client base and to work with clients on new service offerings. Data analytics is essential for all healthcare providers to meet compliance, quality and efficiency objectives, and by offering these services to our clients, we can place ourselves at the forefront of the sector.”
Armed with a more powerful analytics engine, IRS is providing its clients with deeper insights into patient-dose data, making it easy for healthcare providers to monitor adherence to audit regulations. IRS can now provide QADRIS users with reports breaking down patient-dose data in unparalleled depth: for example, patterns can be detected, data assessed against benchmark levels, and the level of compliance with exposure regulations tracked.
Dr Moores concludes: “Thanks to our work with SAS and OCF, we now have capabilities that set us apart from our competition, and place us at the forefront of healthcare analytics. We’re ideally positioned to press ahead and deliver even greater service.”
To ensure it provides a first-rate service to clients in the healthcare sector, IRS aimed to accelerate the provision of compliance data and unearth even deeper insights into patient-dose datasets.
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- Cuts processing times for audit data by 92 percent, freeing up staff for value-add tasks
- Enables in-depth analysis of patient-dose datasets and creation of bespoke reports
- Positions IRS as a leading provider of cutting-edge clinical data analytics