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The Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) has improved its ability to analyse performance and resource data through the use of Tableau visualisation tools.

The Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) has improved its ability to analyse performance and resource data through the use of Tableau visualisation tools.

Greater East Midlands is one of the largest CSUs in the country, serving around five million people in 20 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.

It set up its Greater East Midlands’ Information, Management and Analysis platform (GEMIMA) to provide NHS organisations with relevant data to make informed commissioning decisions.

By integrating the Tableau visual analytics software with the GEMIMA platform, the NHS body will be enable staff to gain more insight into data, such as allowing CCGs to use the performance information to benchmark against peers.

“We have a strong track record for innovation, and have harnessed the latest technologies on the GEMIMA platform to provide customers with a secure, accessible tool to review, share and interpret reliable and timely data sources,” said Dave Marsden, director for information and IT services at Greater East Midlands CSU.

“Through the Tableau integration we are making it quicker and easier for people to explore data, and ultimately unlock greater value for the NHS.”

Tableau has been rolled out over several months, with the first application providing visualisation for GEMIMA’s Significant Contract Management Module.

Marsden added that the data exploration tools will make existing staff more efficient in their roles, and access may be expanded in future.

“Empowering our analysts with data visualisation technology will make a tangible difference to their work, and in the future we are looking at extending the capability to our customers,” he said.

“This not just delivers significant time savings, but may well provide new insights that can benefit other CCGs.”