NHS brings back in-house hospital statistics platform

The NHS has brought its hospital statistics platform back in-house with the help of IT consultancy BJSS.

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The NHS has brought its hospital statistics platform back in-house with the help of IT consultancy BJSS.

The Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) platform is managed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), and ensures that hospitals and affiliated providers in England receive payment for their services.

The data is also used for analysis of health trends, performance benchmarks, academic research and international comparisons. HSCIC previously worked with a third-party provider to ensure day-to-day platform maintenance.

BJSS worked with the HSCIC and the existing third-party provider to understand the current day-to-day process of HES and to define its strategic requirements. It was decided the most effective route would be to embark on a full re-write of the entire HES platform.

It took three BJSS developers 12 months to replace the existing 3.5 million lines of SQL code and 500-step manual process running on six machines, with 100,000 lines of SQL code and a two-step automated process running on one machine.

By deploying the BJSS replacement system, said the HSCIC, the NHS is able to carry out its statistics work with increased efficiency with reduced operating costs.

Mike Buck, BJSS public sector practice lead, said: “We have provided HES with identical production and non-production environments, allowing the HSCIC team to maintain the system themselves, while also having the confidence in testing and deploying future innovations."

Earlier this month BJSS was chosen by the NHS to develop its replacement for the Choose and Book appointments system. BJSS will help the NHS bring in the NHS e-Referral Service.