Smart Work: Solnet Solutions
Key Benefits for the Ministry of Health:
• Eliminated backlog of pathology reports to be interpreted and registered
• Improved Cancer Registry data quality via rule-based data entry
• Enhanced reporting capabilities and functionality
• Improved system reliability in terms of security, privacy and performance
• IBM WebSphere Application Server
• IBM DB2 database
• SOA and Web Services architecture
• Rich client interface based on Eclipse
• Web Services, including web services security
“Solnet Solutions has successfully demonstrated their ability to work closely with the Clinical Coding Services workgroup within the Ministry of Health to improve the way data is captured in order to provide high quality information for funding, clinical research, health service planning and evaluation. Solnet’s ability to maximise end user productivity at the point of data entry through the integration of a number of disparate systems has truly created a smarter workplace” - Raymond Skoglund, IBM New Zealand channels manager.
Last year’s IBM Business Partner Supreme Award winner, Solnet Solutions, continues to impress as this year’s award winner for Smart Work with its development for the New Zealand Cancer Registry at the Ministry of Health. The Cancer Registry is the national data collection recording all cancer events since 1948. The Cancer Registry Act 1993 requires pathology labs to report all newly-diagnosed cancers to the Ministry of Health. In addition, information from the Registry is used to prepare mandated reports to the World Health Organisation for international cancer research. So it is imperative that the data is accurate, complete and up-to-date.
Maintaining the existing Cancer Registry had become an issue. “The Registry was cumbersome to use and was based on old technology that was difficult to use and enhance,” says Sunil Vadnerkar, service and delivery manager at Solnet. “In addition, there were issues with data quality as there was no mechanism to validate the entries as the Registry was updated. Further, there was a backlog building as new pathology reports were submitted and as the Ministry of Health added historical reports. Our task was to design an interface that consolidated all of the information on a single screen and build in ‘on-the-fly’ validation.”
Solnet worked closely with Clinical Coding Services to standardise terminology and specify how the information was to be entered into the Registry. Once the rules had been established, Solnet developed the infrastructure to implement the new system.
The solution is based on a rich client interface, along with a rules engine, using Web Services for interfacing between components. Specific techniques employed include object to relational mapping. The IBM WebSphere Application Server and the IBM DB2 database provided the platform for the Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) and Web Services.
Because the solution was tailored to the needs of the end users, the Cancer Registry team experienced a significant increase in productivity as soon as the system went live. In addition, the solution provides a mechanism for validating data that has already been entered into the Registry. And if a particular rule is changed, the system will highlight any data that no longer fits the validation criteria.
“Close collaboration amongst all stakeholders was critical for the project,” concludes Vadnerkar. “Two people were especially important - Susan Hanna, team leader of the cancer team and Tracey Vandenberg, clinical coding national collections team manager – and they were invaluable in working with us to achieve the desired outcome. It was a complex project with many aspects – medical, technical and organisational – and it is a tribute to all involved that it has been such a successful undertaking.”