July 2007

Stalis Serious on Healthcare Data

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For companies like Oxford-based Stalis, the competence in data migration is an USP in itself. Knowing that data cleansing is a huge market and the impending delivery of new national systems will be expanding the market, John Wiltshire, Sales and Marketing Director of Stalis Ltd. explains, “There are benefits ahead, and those can be improved business processes and cost benefits from the cleaned up data in their current systems.”

Migration of patient data from myriad local systems to a national records system requires absolute data cleanliness and poses a technology challenge to the IT integration process in the healthcare sector.  Changing policy regulations like Quality Assurance Programme (IQAP), embedded within  the Connecting for Health (CfH) programme in the UK, in fact mandates the healthcare providers about  improving and standardizing the data. 

In the data solutions market, Stalis is one player, driven by the vision to be the leading provider of 'end to end' data and resource management solutions for the health industry, to improve the quality of information available to health providers. With this purpose, Stalis is providing an integrated platform, comprising software products and related services.

For companies like Oxford-based Stalis, the competence in data migration is an USP in itself. Knowing that data cleansing is a huge market, and the impending delivery of new national systems will be expanding the market, John Wiltshire, Sales and Marketing Director of Stalis Ltd. explains, “There are benefits ahead, and those can be improved business processes and cost benefits from the cleaned up data in their current systems.” Stalis has built up its business portfolio and product strategy by integrating advanced clinical systems, including image management, clinical portal, clinical decision support and business intelligence, and data warehousing.

Confers John Wiltshire, “Stalis CareXML suite of applications, methodologies and services are developed to help healthcare providers extract, manage and benefit from the information they collect as a by-product of their clinical and administrative systems”. Stalis has earned reputation in the market about its skills in data migration.  According to Wiltshire, “Good practice is essential in handling data migration. Data migration may not be expensive as some might think, but it is indeed complex and it needs to be planned and executed properly.”

According to Wiltshire, “Stalis maintains the edge thanks to its complete end-to-end service. It gives the assurance that the migration will not go haywire. Otherwise there runs the risk of doing things by others yet not knowing what to look for. The risk of attaching the wrong record to the wrong patient is very much a possibility while integrating records from disparate systems. Trusts need to understand the impact of integrated records and plan to test for every eventuality.”

The twin  challenges for the health service providers involve data cleanliness and readiness for migration to new systems. Often the data collected and stored, for decades, in local systems, may hamper their functionality.

In some systems,  lack of utility to clinicians results in a haphazard collection process of the data. The lack of a uniform approach to clinical coding further compounds this problem at the data management front. There are institutions using ICD-10 stanadard, but many still rely on local codes.

Stalis has emerged as a specialist NHS Consultancy organization  that supplies information solutions and support a large number of healthcare organizations. Satlis has repositioned in the market, revising its business plans to coincide with the advent of the National Programme for eHealth in England.

Stalis has now moved to the domain of mission critical applications where the expertise of extracting, cleaning and translating healthcare data is in big demand. Stalis Ltd. hogged the limelight recently when it released  CareXML

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