The Ministry of Health is preparing to select a panel of suppliers to boost its business intelligence and data warehouse skills.
Specifically, the Ministry is targeting expertise in QlikSense, SAS, WherescapeRed, Oracle, architecture and the R Big Data analysis language.
The panel will supplement existing resources to help design and build new data marts and business intelligence (BI) solutions as well as with design and engagement with the business and internal users - they will also help users translate raw data into information that is usable and beneficial.
"In addition to technical resources, the Ministry requires business engagement and data strategy support to increase the internal business capability to use BI and DW for reporting and data interrogation which will support the value proposition of the investment in the tools, as well as provide the Ministry with a better understanding overall business performance," a tender released this week stated.
Among its goals, the Ministry is seeking a "stable pricing model" across a number of suppliers to enable "efficient planning and cost management" as well as flexibility within the panel to absorb further skillset and demand requirements as and when required.
Panelists will also assist developing the current technologies’ user interface to enable the Ministry to increase its analytics and insights capability to "drive value, support quality decision making and provide rich information across the user community".
"The Ministry expects that the suppliers will work together to ensure continuous improvement to the BI and DW environment including enterprise solution design, project delivery, maintenance and support," the tender stipulated.
The Ministry is planning a three-year appointment period with right to renew for a further three years.
"Engagement for individual pieces of work will be by contestable Statements of Work," the document stated. "A request for quote will be sent to appropriate panel members to ascertain availability, conflicts and price for the work.
"The evaluation and award will be based on availability, conflicts (and mitigations if relevant), cost and continuation/links to previous work, prior knowledge within the project scope."
As reported in June, the Ministry is investing to shore up legacy systems across the health system, at the core and among the District Health Boards delivering services.
A report to the State Services Commission said that "fragmented and ageing" technology assets are a barrier to progress within the sector.
"Current systems suffer from instability and cannot easily be leveraged to gain value from the data within them or to deliver innovation," the report said.
Among a long list of needed investments was fit-for-purpose integration to support analysis of the valuable data the system already generates; enhancing interoperability to share data and enable consumer-based healthcare models, and; changing the current model around Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to an open system in which the Ministry will define standards and architecture.
The BI and DW panel tender closes on 27 September.