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Counties clinicians Qlik for data

Wednesday, 19 February 2020  
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Clinicians at Counties Manukau Health can access and interrogate their data using new apps built on Qlik Sense.


The district health board has licensed Qlik analytics software under a new national pricing model negotiated by the Ministry of Health, National DHBs Chief Information Officer Forum, Acumen BI and Qlik.


Stuart Bloomfield, CIO at CM Health and Waitematā DHBs, says CM Health was already using a small installation of Qlik View and, since moving to Qlik Sense, has rapidly developed three new clinically focused apps for renal, emergency department and mental health.


He describes Qlik Sense as a discovery tool for clinicians who can use the data to learn more about their clinical processes and outcomes.


“Qlik gives access to a huge amount of data from multiple sources and owners of the apps, usually clinicians, are involved from the start helping to build apps from the ground up,” he says.


“This helps them understand what data is available, how to use the data to be able to answer questions that arise about their particular patient group and fix it if it’s not right.


“Data quality is everyone’s responsibility, and this really helps that,” he says. “People are more invested in improving data quality when they use it for decision making.”


CM Health Clinical Director of Information Systems Tina Sun says better use of routinely collected data will improve patient care delivery.


“Democratisation and transparency of data will help services to identify areas of needs, and inequity gaps between patient groups, which we are well aware of anecdotally.


“It will also help resource management and service’s future planning and development,” she says.


Qlik is already used by the Ministry of Health, Capital and Coast, Waikato and Waitematā DHBs.


Bloomfield says the new pricing model provides organisations with a more affordable entry into the world of data analytics as they can now buy smaller blocks of 50 licences at a time and build incrementally.


He says CM Health is also able to leverage off the successful work done at other DHBs for training and support, as well as using applications they have developed.


The Health Sector Pricing Model is available to all DHBs, national and regional health bodies, public health organisations and associated health non-governmental organisations.


A statement from Acumen BI says that “based on volume, the new pricing model will provide superior rates for organisations of all sizes and enable them to extend analytics throughout their operations”.


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