BJSS won this award for the re-engineering of the NHS Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) big data platform. HES was originally conceived in the late 1980s, and provides data for a wide range of healthcare analysis for the NHS, government and supporting organisations. The enables access to secure analysis of health trends, performance benchmarks, academic research and international comparisons.
The project was delivered by BJSS and the HSCIC, and resulted in the entire system being re-written. The 3.5 million lines of SQL code contained in HES were reduced by 97 per cent, while a 500-step manual process is now fully automated. This ‘next-generation’ version of HES is now operated and maintained by the HSCIC in-house, enabling work to be handled with increased efficiency while also delivering a significant reduction in operating costs.