University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) has chosen to host its Health Data Research Hub for Acute Care, PIONEER, on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.
UHB worked with Microsoft partner Ensono to develop the cloud-based infrastructure for the PIONEER hub, which will link data from various services across the West Midlands to help researchers and clinicians understand a patient’s acute care journey.
Acute care is defined as the provision of unplanned medical care, such as out of hours primary care, ambulance assessment, emergency medicine, surgery and intensive care
The aim of the hub is to generate insights from health data to create a more effective healthcare system. Clinical and research teams can access and learn from near-real-time, acute hospital data to answer urgent clinical questions, which could inform changes and improvements to current practice. This will help them identify critical triggers and bottlenecks where healthcare could be improved and adjusted, potentially supporting earlier diagnosis, new treatments and monitoring systems. It would shift acute care from being reactive to predictive; informing cutting-edge best practice to be shared rapidly across the NHS and beyond, and help improve the quality of care delivered to patients.
By using Azure, UHB ensures that all medical data is secure, kept in the UK and can be accessed by approved people 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Microsoft’s cloud is also highly scalable and flexible, so it can cope with increasing amounts of new data when it’s added to the hub.