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Guest Blog – Farming Business Intelligence: Fields of Possibility

Paul Maslowski is the Information Manager at a Comprehensive Local Research Network and a member of the virtual Business Intelligence Unit at the NIHR CRN. Paul has a unique view of data in the NHS and in particular in the research environment and has provided a guest blog this week that is well worth a… Read More

Right first time and always right…

It almost sounds like a joke from the 1970s; did you hear the one about the wife who was right first time and always right! But, that’s how we want to be in 2014 with our information, right first time so that we can make true and valid predictions and interpretations from the information we… Read More

Open Source Analytics!

What to do? The need for detailed analytics capability is on the rise across the length and breadth of the organisation and the resource is limited. With the advent of the Open Data Platform (ODP) built on the QlikView technology and our App Centre now being live we have been able to implement the concept… Read More

What is Business Intelligence in clinical research?

This is the question posed to our organisation as we go live with our App Centre and the next Open Data Platform (ODP) apps as well as a week of promotion regarding our new Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS). We have always held with the concept that Business Intelligence is about the use of the… Read More

Open Data is here so how do we do it securely?

Security and research information is a hot topic right now for a number of reasons, not least the transparency agenda and the desire, quite rightly, to be as open as possible about data relating to the conditions and outcomes of clinical trials. However the information security of research data more generally has always been an… Read More

Last Call for Datatopia … Boarding Now!

‘Imagine a world’ is a phrase we are using quite a deal at the moment as we try to tell the story of how our information systems will come together in April 2014 to deliver an integrated solution for the performance management of clinical research. In two years time it will be the year that… Read More

Data Visualisation – a 19th Century Case Study

Did you know that the ‘father’ of Epidemiology also created Data Visualisation as we know it today. As we move towards our own “AppCentre” being live and the creation of more Apps within ODP that allow new and exciting insights to be possible from our data, I wanted to share with you an event that… Read More

Overfitting – The most important problem we don’t consider enough!

In statistics the name given to mistaking noise for signal is known as “overfitting”. When delivering new Information Systems the concept is also prevalent, particularly at the stage in delivery that sends shivers down every IS project managers spine, the requirements stage! Trying to “overfit” evolving business needs into a clearly defined and agreed set… Read More

Everything is BIG, the data and the challenge…

The National Institute for Health Research is charged with improving the health and wealth of the nation through clinical research. That’s no small task, and cutting edge Information Systems are key to achieving it. Not only do we need systems that reinforce the NIHR’s position as the most integrated health research system in the world,… Read More

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