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By working with an end-to-end stack of software and cloud-based service, Ascribe quickly provided a Big Data solution with BI tools that can improve healthcare at the local and national levels. “This is a new paradigm,” says Henderson. “With a solution based on SQL Server 2012 and Windows Azure HDInsight Service, we can capture and analyze data written in plain English and use it to improve services, instead of waiting for a resource-hungry process to collect and code the information. This will reinvent the way we work with medical records in the future.” Provides Better Self-Service BI By taking advantage of HDInsight Service, Ascribe created a complex hybrid cloud solution that can quickly process large volumes of data from multiple sources. The solution—which includes selfservice BI tools and a dynamic, streamlined user interface—will be an invaluable tool for healthcare providers in virtually any location. “With a solution based on SQL Server 2012, we can show our customers a Windows 8 tablet with apps that provide real-time access to healthcare data,” says Henderson. “We can immediately provide them with a mobile clinical portal that can be used anywhere.” Ascribe looks forward to further cloud-based opportunities, including moving more workloads off-premises to Windows Azure. For example, the company is currently working with six hospitals in northeast England that wanted data- modeling and analysis capabilities. Ascribe quickly set up a self-service portal with Power BI for Office 365, an online service that can be used for interactive reporting. The service is available as part of Office 365, which provides a suite of web-based productivity applications.
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more easily with peers. “If you’re looking at the spread of infectious disease on the national level, you want to figure out what is happening as quickly as possible,” says Henderson. “With our solution based on Microsoft technology, clinicians can jump from an alert on their Windows 8 desktop to a map in SQL Server 2012 Power View that shows the progression of a disease. The ability to analyze millions of records in seconds is immensely powerful.” Access to a cloud-based platform for distributed computing also speeds analysis, helps reduce costs, and makes data more accessible—all of which Ascribe demonstrated in the pilot project at Leeds. “We quickly spun up the Windows Azure HDInsight cluster and processed six years’ worth of data in just a few hours, and then we shut it down,” says Henderson. “This type of analysis is beyond most organizations’ ability because of the costs required for on-premises infrastructure. However, processing the data in the cloud made it very affordable.”