Health Protection Agency puts faith in information agility

The UK’s Health Protection Agency is confident it is well placed to react quickly to central government demands for data, thanks to its three-year-old Oracle BI implementation.

The Health Protection Agency in the UK is confident its project and programme reporting analytics put it “ahead of the game” as its incorporation into Public Health England comes into prospect.

The Agency’s Head of Financial Systems and Control, David Slater told a gathering of data management professionals at the recent Gartner Business Intelligence Summit that its three-year-old Oracle BI implementation had been welcomed by the Agency.

The Health Protection Agency was established by the UK government in 2003 with a focus on infectious diseases and environmental hazards.  It provides advice and information to the general public, doctors and nurses, and government.

David Slater confirmed that the Agency is well positioned to react quickly to information required from central government.

Although the HPA is one of 18 so-called ‘arm’s length’ bodies to be formally dissolved following a Department of Health Review published in July of last year , its work will continue under a new Public Health Service.

The Agency has, said Slater, enjoyed a productive relationship with Oracle, whose Business Intelligence product lies at the heart of its BI programme, begun in mid 2008. Three in-house staff have been trained on the Oracle E-Business Suite.  

The organisation’s Management Information Toolkit, which includes non-financial information, has proved popular with budget holders. Monthly reports are automatically delivered to budget holders, and can be drilled into.

“This has improved confidence in the information which spans thousands of projects,” Slater said. “It’s a one shop stop for reporting, and it spans Oracle and non Oracle information sources”.

The Health Protection Agency in the UK is confident its project and programme reporting analytics put it “ahead of the game” as its incorporation into Public Health England comes into prospect.

The Agency’s Head of Financial Systems and Control, David Slater told a gathering of data management professionals at the recent Gartner Business Intelligence Summit that its three-year-old Oracle BI implementation had been welcomed by the Agency.

The Health Protection Agency was established by the UK government in 2003 with a focus on infectious diseases and environmental hazards.  It provides advice and information to the general public, doctors and nurses, and government.

David Slater confirmed that the Agency is well positioned to react quickly to information required from central government.

Although the HPA is one of 18 so-called ‘arm’s length’ bodies to be formally dissolved following a Department of Health Review published in July of last year , its work will continue under a new Public Health Service.

The Agency has, said Slater, enjoyed a productive relationship with Oracle, whose Business Intelligence product lies at the heart of its BI programme, begun in mid 2008. Three in-house staff have been trained on the Oracle E-Business Suite.  

The organisation’s Management Information Toolkit, which includes non-financial information, has proved popular with budget holders. Monthly reports are automatically delivered to budget holders, and can be drilled into.

“This has improved confidence in the information which spans thousands of projects,” Slater said. “It’s a one shop stop for reporting, and it spans Oracle and non Oracle information sources”.

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