NHS looks to move data-analytics platform into the cloud

Written by Sam Trendall on 20 November 2017 in News
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NHS Business Services Authority issues RFI seeking feedback on potential benefits and challenges of moving Oracle-based system off premises

The NHS is looking to move a key data-analytics platform into the cloud.

Since 2013 the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has operated a data-analytics learning laboratory (DALL) which gathers together information on £30bn in annual health-service spending. A range of data sets – and reports designed to help inform policy – are hosted on the DALL and available for use by NHS and Department for Health representatives. The analytics system is comprised of on-premises Oracle Exadata and Exalytics technology. 

“In order to meet current and emerging business requirements, the NHSBSA wish to explore the option to migrate the DALL from on-premises to cloud,” the NHSBSA said, in a request for information (RFI) document.

The organisation is seeking market feedback on what “hosting solutions exist in the marketplace that could host the current DALL service comprising Oracle products”. But the NHSBSA added that “this is not restricted to Oracle cloud” products. 

The RFI is also seeking information on the supplier landscape, and how much moving to the cloud might cost upfront and on an ongoing basis. NHSBSA is also interested in hearing about the potential “benefits of cloud-based solutions, which may include monetary savings, increased functionality, [and] improved interoperability”.

 

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