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Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust goes live with System C’s new maternity product

20th July 2015

System C has launched a new business intelligence suite specifically for maternity departments. It is designed to help maternity services in the national effort to drive up clinical quality and improve patient safety through the better use of data. 

The launch has coincided with the introduction of the new national maternity reporting data set. 

Called Medway Maternity BI, the software has already gone live at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust is responsible for delivering around 3,700 babies a year from Colchester General Hospital and community facilities. 

Colchester used Medway Maternity BI to become one of the first sites nationally to submit successfully the new Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS), mandated by the Health and Social Care Information Centre to flow from 1 June 2015. 

A further seven NHS Trusts are due to go live with the software in the coming weeks.

Medway Maternity BI is available as an additional module for System C’s Medway Maternity solution. It offers users a wide range of options for integrating, storing, analysing and presenting the full range of maternity system data on a dedicated business intelligence platform.  

Allan Cooke, deputy head of business informatics at Colchester Hospital, said: “We are delighted to have a dedicated maternity BI product which not only takes care of our end-to-end MSDS obligations, but allows us to analyse our data much more easily, according to our own requirements, and to present it in a variety of really visual formats.

“We are looking forward to continue working in partnership with System C to realise the full potential of this product.”

Medway Maternity BI comes with dashboards relating to RCOG scorecard indicators and Caesarean section data as standard, and provides the tools to create tailored analytics and dashboards to enable better use and analysis of maternity data. 

Medway Maternity customers are able to meet the new MSDS in a number of ways. Medway Maternity itself is fully compliant with the new national standard: hospitals are able to use the core package to extract raw, unmapped MSDS data and create their own reports for submission against the HSCIC specification.

However, Medway Maternity BI automates the process. It provides the fully-coded MSDS data outputs and XML format required for direct submission to the HSCIC. 

Markus Bolton, joint chief executive of System C, said: “We are very pleased to have delivered a BI product specifically for maternity. 

“It’s a big step in helping our customers meet the increasingly complex and demanding national reporting requirements. More broadly, it supports their local needs by helping improve operational and strategic decision-making.”

Medway Maternity is in live use at 19 sites across the UK. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust uses the software to handle around 10,500 deliveries a year across two main hospital sites. The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust uses Medway Maternity to support community-wide maternity and newborn services, including a consultant unit, five midwifery-led units, two community sites, as well as home-based services.

Background information
Maternity software solutions were required to be fully conformant with the new MSDS standards by 01 November 2014. Maternity service providers had to collect data locally from 01 November 2014, with central submissions commencing from 01 June 2015 (for April data).

The MSDS sets out national definitions for data extraction and is designed to provide reliable information for: