Kaleida Health monitors flu cases with Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition and new release of Oracle Remote Data Capture launched

Redwood Shores 09 December 2009Kaleida Health, the largest health care provider in Western New York, is monitoring daily cases of patients showing flu symptoms being treated across its five-hospital system with the help of a business intelligence (BI) dashboard developed using Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition (Oracle BI Suite EE). And as part of its ongoing commitment to accelerate insights for better health, Oracle has launched Oracle Remote Data Capture 4.6, the newest release of its next-generation electronic data capture (EDC) application.


The business intelligence dashboard enables a team of 35 at Kaleida Health including hospital presidents, Chief Nursing Officers, Chief of Emergency Medicine, Chief Medical Officer, and others, to understand trends related to patients with flu symptoms, and track trends related to staff with flu-like symptoms.

Additionally, the dashboard tracks how the trending information impacts staffing levels at its hospitals, and reports the number of cases of patients with flu symptoms to the New York State Department of Health. The Flu Monitoring Dashboard is updated automatically daily and replaces previously manual efforts by hospital staff to track patients showing flu-like symptoms from reports run daily.

Kaleida Health's Flu Monitoring Dashboard highlights:

  • Current in-house patients with flu symptoms in aggregate, per hospital and as a percentage compared to the total number of in-house patients across Kaleida Health hospitals;
  • Graphs tracking trends of patient visits to Emergency Departments with flu symptoms at each of Kaleida Health's hospitals;
  • In-house patient and outpatient with flu symptoms trends over the last 13 months; and,
  • Total number of Kaleida Health employees calling in sick with flu-like symptoms by day, by role and by hospital.

The Flu Monitoring Dashboard, prototyped and developed within a week's time in September 2009, is just one of over 25 executive dashboards available to Kaleida Health's management team via the organisation's "Magellan" Balanced Scorecard system, which is powered by Oracle BI Suite EE.

Magellan helps Kaleida Health's management team monitor metrics and Key Performance Indicators across five categories: Financial, Quality, Staffing, Operational, and Growth and Strategic. In addition to offering executives an accurate overview of daily operations and finances, the system's dashboards helps guide strategic decision-making from exploring expansion and development of new lines of business, to physician recruitment and staff retention, and beyond.

Oracle BI Suite EE runs on top of an Oracle Database-powered data warehouse that includes data from various systems running at Kaleida Health including financial, billing, payroll and clinical applications. Buffalo, New York-based Kaleida Health went into production with Oracle BI Suite EE in August 2009. Magellan will be rolled out to over 600 employees across Kaleida Health in 2010.

"With the flu season starting up in early September, we were able to pull together all of the necessary information on a single dashboard page in about a week's time", stated Dan Gerena, Director of Business Intelligence and Corporate Analytics, Kaleida Health. "It's a very different paradigm for reporting now with Oracle BI Suite EE. It was a very quick process in terms of building the Flu Monitoring Dashboard, getting new users up and running, educating them on what the metrics are, and showing them how to access the dashboard."

Designed for speed and safety, Oracle Remote Data Capture helps clinical trial sponsors and contract research organisations (CROs) launch and conduct global clinical trials more efficiently and effectively. Widely used in global, multi-site clinical trials, Oracle Remote Data Capture empowers onsite personnel with unsurpassed functionality, leading to better data quality and reduced time to database lock.

The new release features significant enhancements that enable Oracle to fully support increasing demands for complex study design scenarios, including oncology trials. Oracle Remote Data Capture 4.6 enables life sciences organisations to dynamically drive patient visits and assessment schedules based on a patient's data and clinical outcomes, significantly increasing the efficiency and quality of the clinical trial.

Usability features such as flexible branching to support complex trial design, the ability to restrict access by role and enhanced assignment of patients to study books have been incorporated into the new release to help streamline patient management throughout the entire life of the study.

Oracle Remote Data Capture 4.6 also includes key scalability improvements, which can significantly extend and optimize usage thereby improve IT staff productivity. New functionality and enhancements in Oracle Remote Data Capture 4.6 were developed in collaboration with strategic customer advisors. Oracle Remote Data Capture is integrated with Oracle Clinical, the industry's leading clinical data management system, and is an integral component of Oracle's comprehensive suite of health sciences clinical development and safety applications.

Oracle Remote Data Capture 4.6 offers significant benefits to life sciences organisations and CROs of all sizes:

  • Faster time to market for new products: enhanced support for complex clinical trials to dramatically improve the timeliness and quality of clinical trial information to enable faster study decisions and more timely feedback to clinical and site personnel.
  • Enhanced clinical staff and site productivity: flexible study support for complex clinical trials results in a significant reduction in time to set up and maintain trials. Intelligent guidance through patient treatment path enables site personnel to quickly identify and respond to data for each patient.
  • Improved clinical IT effectiveness: new functionality significantly reduces IT burden required to support complex trials.

"R&D efficiency, clinical effectiveness and time to market continue to be the greatest challenges facing life sciences organisations today", stated Neil de Crescenzo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Health Sciences. "Oracle Remote Data Capture 4.6 provides strong evidence of our unwavering commitment to helping clinical trial sponsors and CROs accelerate insights for better health, and will enable our customers to complete clinical trials significantly faster and much more cost effectively than ever before."

More Oracle news is available in the VMW September 2009 article Pivotal S.L. uses Oracle health sciences applications to accelerate clinical trial data collection and gain real-time visibility into studies.

Source: Oracle

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