IBM Analytics Speeds healthAlliance Business Management Reporting

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand - 26 Sep 2011: IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced that healthAlliance, New Zealand’s largest shared services organisation for the health sector, will use an IBM Netezza analytics appliance to provide faster, more accurate clinical and business analysis to better manage hospital resources and services. The organisation chose Netezza over competing technologies and expects to analyse data across five District Health Boards (DHBs) up to 50 percent faster.

healthAlliance provides business intelligence and management reporting for clinical, HR, financial and procurement functions for the four Northern Region DHBs throughout Northland, Waitemata, Auckland, Counties Manukau DHBs and Taranaki DHB. The organisation was looking for new ways to speed up and improve the accuracy of business and clinical reporting across these districts. In the publicly funded healthcare system, accurate reporting is critical for DHBs to show they are meeting government targets like minimum waiting times for emergency department admissions.

The new Netezza appliance addresses these issues and provides healthAlliance with faster, more reliable clinical and business analysis. As a result, hospital staff can access information more quickly to better manage resources and improve services. The implementation, New Zealand’s first, will also reduce healthAlliance’s IT maintenance costs and significantly increase its long term shared services capability.

“Accurate reporting is essential for DHB planners and other business users to manage the complex, capital intensive systems that are hospitals,” says Luis Valles, healthAlliance’s Data Warehouse Architect and Manager. “IBM business analytics will help us meet these goals, improve operational efficiencies and future proof our data warehousing capacity.”

healthAlliance and IBM business partner Tenzing have migrated more than 65 databases and 3500 tables from its incumbent data warehouse to take advantage of Netezza’s increased speed and system availability. Although the immediate priority is to move existing data, Netezza’s extra capacity means additional projects are already in the pipeline, including an integrated Key Performance Indicator reporting scorecard to provide an organisation-wide view of Waitemata DHB.

"The benefits of analytics can be applied to every industry and the healthcare space is no exception,” says Stephen Elliott, General Manager, IBM New Zealand Software Group. “IBM continues to strengthen its reach in the healthcare industry by bringing the power of analytics to leaders like healthAlliance worldwide.”

Demand for analytics solutions to improve business processes will remain strong through 2015, according to IDC. The overall market for Business Intelligence software is forecast to reach NZ$48 million by 2015, outgrowing the overall IT market at a 5-year compound annual growth rate of 7.5%.

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