Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg is Northern Europe’s largest hospital. Sahlgrenska has over 2,700 beds divided into 165 wards and approximately 17,000 employees. At Sahlgrenska, associate professor Daniel Stålhammar at the Neurosurgery clinic, works to improve and optimize the treatment of severe skull injuries. He is one of the leading clinicians in the project of applying computer technology to track, monitor and analyze medical journal data. To complement and extract value from the medical journal data, he has been searching for quite some time for an enabling platform to survey and analyze the underlying vital information that will allow him to make a more accurate and effective treatment decision.
By coincidence, Daniel Stålhammar heard about QlikView and immediately began to work to see how QlikView would be able to manage the hospital´s different databases.
In medical services, there are a large number of systems that, among other things, manage journals, economy and patients. Melior, a system for patient journals, is developed in cooperation with Siemens. The system has attained a market share of 40% across the Swedish healthcare network. In Melior, patient journals are established for each patient interaction with various clinicians within the hospital. “Melior is good at structuring patient information, but not when it comes to measuring patient flows, groupings and costs,” said Daniel Stålhammar. “Here is where QlikView has helped, creating this general view in an incredibly good way.”
In QlikView, it is easy to build applications to cover several different needs, since it is easy to adjust views according to the end user’s demands. The process has been a big standard of value for QlikView, since the demands and expectations from the hospital have been high.
“The most important thing at a hospital is to make the right decision quickly because it can be the difference between life and death,” explains Daniel Stålhammar. Previously, the problem was that it was extremely difficult to get the basic data for decision making fast enough, since the information about the patient was spread in different places. The nursing system of today contains a large amount of data. At Sahlgrenska, Daniel Stålhammar has now built a system based on specialized QlikView applications, where he pulls the required information from six separate databases in a matter of seconds.
Before the QlikView-based system was put into place, getting access to data from these multiple systems could take hours, or even days. The power, simplicity and the clarity have made QlikView an invaluable tool for the clinicians and the hospital. A testament to this value of QlikView was when Sahlgrenska University Hospital was awarded the winner of the ComputerWorld Honors Program Laureate in 2007 for the best deployment of IT that benefits society.