The need for a new data warehouse
It collects and analyses health and medical data as an input into behaviour change services, digital health and data insights services, and knowledge transfer products.
MedicineInsight was established by NPS MedicineWise to capture data from general practitioners (GPs) and primary care providers to support quality improvement in patient care.
The data is used by GPs, practice managers, policymakers and other health professionals to improve clinical practice and health outcomes in Australia.
With approximately 500 participating primary care practices across Australia, and over 2000 GPs servicing two million patients, MedicineInsight holds extensive volumes of clinical data.
- manage complex data sets
- transparently implement data cleansing and data interpretation rules
- comprehensively expose data quality issues
A crucial requirement was also the ability to expand quickly and in an agile manner – both by adding new sources of data as well as by delivering new ways of interpreting the data. Analytics8 was responsible for providing internal resources, software and the methodology for the project. For this particular engagement, there was a premium on efficiency: the delivery team needed to develop a viable product that could quickly demonstrate value to executive stakeholders. As such, fast innovation and exploration were core design principles.
Without the warehouse that Analytics8 helped us to set up, we wouldn’t have these insights into [a range of] disease areas or be able to use data to get better health outcomes. It’s benefitted GPs too, as the insights help doctors identify improvements in patient care, and they can be prescribed different types of drugs. – Glenn Pringle
Although the project is now complete, Analytics8 remains invested in the project, providing ongoing management, training and support with consultants remaining on-site, highlighting the value that they continue to deliver.
The key benefits of the new data warehouse:
Richer data insights: With improved data infrastructure, NPS MedicineWise is able to uncover new insights in relation to key topics such as neuropathic pain, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cardiovascular disease. Without the new data warehouse, these insights would not have been recognised.
Increased capacity: The new data warehouse has enabled NPS MedicineWise to process data and generate products that were previously impossible due to capacity restrictions. Where the MedicineInsight platform could previously support only 600 GP practices with just one product, it can now service at least 1,600 practices with at least three products.
Transfer of data capabilities: Analytics8 provided resourcing and expertise in data modelling methods, visualisations and various Microsoft solutions. Most importantly, the Analytics8 team transferred their technical knowledge to NPS MedicineWise staff, building their data capabilities and enabling them to independently take on complex data tasks.