With the launch of our brand new Business Intelligence and Analytics services, designed specifically for our NHS customers, we would like to introduce you to our Lead BI Consultant, Paul Brady.
Paul’s role at Trustmarque is to help healthcare organisations to use the data they are already collecting to find ways to improve patient care, improve processes and revitalise their reporting, whilst reducing costs. Paul has extensive knowledge of BI and Analytics tools, such as Power BI, and has 14 years of experience working in and with the NHS.
Here’s our interview with Mr Brady.
What is your background?
I studied Materials Science and grew up in high volume manufacturing. I started out in production management but went on to specialise in Product development and solving complex business problems. I never really appreciated what I learned until I started consulting in other businesses. I adopted Lean manufacturing the hard way, through trial and error. I started teaching Lean Manufacturing in multiple industries and in 2006 moved across to developing and teaching Lean Healthcare via hands on, real world projects. By working on real issues with healthcare staff we were able to develop our own Lean Healthcare examples. I’ve been involved in over 300 projects and taught over 3000 NHS staff a range of service improvement techniques including SPC and Lean at all levels. I am lucky to have an in depth understanding of healthcare issues and even spent a year on the executive team of a hospital.
What brought you into Data and Analytics?
I’ve always used numbers to solve problems, the more complex the problem, the more complex the numbers involved. I used Excel, as I was, and still am pretty good with it. Not quite knocking out VBA off the top of my head but 3rd round of the world championship good. I used it to understand complex healthcare systems and provide a deep insight into everyday problems such as Emergency Departments, District Nursing, Mental Health Diagnosis, Inpatient flow and many others. Data is one of the three key elements to a successful project; People, Process and Data. It’s a mantra and method I learned by making mistakes many years ago and still holds the key to any project today.
What sparked your interest in Power BI?
The problem was always my Excel work was complex, fragile and hard to replicate. There was always a risk the spreadsheet would “break” and the organisation would lose vital data and insight. Then along came Power BI, a chance to combine multiple, huge datasets, automate tasks and present complex data in a way to make it understandable. I started working with Power BI in September 2015. At the time I was combining attendance data for three hospitals for an Academic Health Sciences Project which needed millions of rows capability on my desktop.