SOURCE: Pentaho Corporation

December 15, 2008 04:00 ET

National Health Service Islington Selects Pentaho Business Intelligence to Improve Patient Services

Leading Health Care Organization Enables Preventative Care Using Pentaho Data Mining and Consulting From ThotWave

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - December 15, 2008) - Pentaho Corporation, the commercial open source alternative for business intelligence (BI), today announced that National Health Service (NHS) Islington has deployed Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition for data mining, reporting, and extract, transform, and load (ETL) capabilities. The application, implemented by Pentaho Certified Partner ThotWave Technologies, allows NHS Islington to identify high-risk patients and initiate preventative care, leading to lower hospital admissions, operating costs and healthcare spend.

NHS Islington is responsible for improving health and health services in the London Borough of Islington and is one of 150 local NHS organizations in the United Kingdom. NHS Islington has 39 general practitioner offices, 25 dental practices, 46 pharmacies and 30 optometrists.

Prior to its Pentaho BI deployment, NHS Islington and general practitioners relied on an application with limited data to identify high-risk patients and treat them with preventative interventions. The solution picked up a limited range of patients and was limited in the sources of data that it could support.

"Rising health care costs are a concern around the globe," said Jeff Wright, chief technology officer at ThotWave Technologies. "It was exciting to show how quickly we could implement a predictive model using Pentaho to highlight the patients where counseling and preventive medicine can make the biggest impact."

Since replacing the legacy system with the ETL and data mining capabilities of Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition, NHS Islington is now able to gather and analyze additional information from a national source of patient admissions and emergency data. The Pentaho solution extracts data from multiple national and local sources and integrates into a centralized Microsoft SQL Server database. Using a logistic regression data model, Pentaho Data Mining Enterprise Edition evaluates a wide breadth of patient attributes such as current medication and prior hospitalizations to distinguish which patients have a greater risk of hospital admission. With this information in hand, NHS nurses and general practitioners can take the appropriate preventative measures to help avoid future hospitalization, in turn lowing their healthcare costs, which average £1,500 per day in the United Kingdom.

"Choosing Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition allowed us to improve our use of diverse data sources and sophisticated analytical techniques at a much lower total cost of ownership than competitor products," said Ian Tritschler, head of provider business development at NHS Islington. "The overall solution is a huge win for both our providers and our patients, improving care while reducing costs."

About Pentaho Corporation

Pentaho Corporation is the commercial open source alternative for Business Intelligence (BI). Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition provides comprehensive reporting, OLAP analysis, dashboards, data integration, data mining and a BI platform that have made it the world's leading and most widely deployed open source BI suite. Pentaho's commercial open source business model eliminates software license fees, providing support, services, and product enhancements via an annual subscription. In the years since Pentaho's inception as the pioneer in commercial open source BI, Pentaho's products have been downloaded more than three million times, with production deployments at companies ranging from small organizations to The Global 2000. For more information, visit

About ThotWave Technologies, LLC.

Chapel Hill-based ThotWave Technologies is a Business Intelligence consultancy with solutions to help you manage, analyze and extract maximum value from your data. ThotWave's thinking data® solutions will help maximize your return on investment and improve the overall quality of decision-making support throughout your organization by making your data more predictive, simple to access, and easy to use and understand.

ThotWave delivers value through services, software and education that address the needs of the Health and Life Sciences industries. Additional information on ThotWave can be found on the ThotWave website at

Contact Information

  • Pentaho Media Contact:
    Samantha Hallock
    Eastwick Communications
    (650) 480-4071
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    ThotWave Media Contact
    Greg Nelson
    (919) 931-4736
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