Creating a Holistic View of Healthcare Analytics

Creating a Holistic View of Healthcare Analytics

Length of stay and readmission might be accessed via your QlikSense application, Patient Satisfaction information stored in Tableau, and Employee demographics & Dependent coverage ratios are in a third system…meaning you’re forced to remember all of this as well as login information for each of the individual systems. So what happens when another, newer, augmented analytics system like ThoughtSpot is introduced? 

You might lose track of where the information is stored… might try to ‘cut and paste’ pieces of the information you need into a PowerPoint so you can create an overview ‘dashboard’. Maybe you’ll dump all of the data into Excel and make a pivot table? 

While you think this might ‘work at the time’, what’s worth pointing out is that all of the above is time consuming, inefficient and increases the risk of misinterpretation – not to mention the issues this creates around data privacy.

Enter the Analytics Portal

There is a better way than cobbling your data and visualizations together with cut & paste! Digital Hive provides an efficient and code-free way to bring together silos containing the length of stay and readmissions information, patient satisfaction information, employee & their dependant’s demographics, into a unique, personalized ‘portal’. One login, one solution. Simple. 

Change happens

When was the last time change didn’t happen? Rarely, that’s when. The tools and applications organizations leverage to understand & present information is fluid. You need to be able to adapt to these changes as well. 

Digital Hive not only allows for these changes to take place but encourages them. With the ability to integrate new analytics tools at any point, you are in complete control of how to use new capability sets in concert with your current applications – giving you the ability to leverage the right tools for the right job. 

Now Tableau exists with PowerBI and ThoughtSpot for a more holistic view of your healthcare world.

A word on personalization

Adapt and adopt, make the experience unique to your community. Let’s be honest. Just bringing all of your required information, visualizations and applications together into a single experience is paramount, but what if people don’t like the look and feel of the experience. Limited adoption is the outcome. 

Digital Hive provides a unique drag and drop, code-free, personalization experience so you can tailor your analytics hub to suit the needs of and requirements of individuals, roles and groups in your organization. Now you’re on your way to increased adoption and are driving towards the realization of data-driven decision making.

Learn more about Digital Hive for Healthcare or schedule a quick 30-min demo and see it in action!

Higher Education Is Hurting – Data Can Help (COVID 2020 )

Higher Education Is Hurting – Data Can Help (COVID 2020 )

Those of us preaching the power of data – on LinkedIn, on stage at keynotes, and at yearly budgeting meetings – prescribe data as the solution to all problems. However, we all know the execution of a powerful analytics strategy is often more challenging than anticipated.  These challenges are especially severe in higher education, even before operating in the midst of a global pandemic and looming economic recession. Now, the hurdles seem larger than ever. Budgets are being significantly reduced or frozen, analytics teams are being defunded and paralyzed in the face of uncertainty. Yet, the greatest action universities can take today, one thing they can control, is to double down on data. Those who choose to do will evolve and emerge stronger. Those who don’t, may not survive.

Adoption is essential

Higher education has always been slow to adopt new technology, which I think is understandable. Universities are large and complex. They have many layers of leadership and often rely on external funding. It’s this complexity that makes data such a valuable asset for university decision making, and in the past decade, major strides have been made to introduce data & analytics tools across departments. The results of these changes, however, have been slow to surface.

One of the reasons that data investments are seeing less than stellar returns, is a product of the university’s organization and structure. Many groups operate independently from one another – especially when it comes to technology purchasing decisions – and this has resulted in a variety of siloed tools and technologies. 

However, efforts have been made to create university-wide analytics councils and information management teams, but working backwards to resolve the existing incompatibility of different technologies is still difficult. 

Now as we start to see valuable information being generated by many different departments, having an awareness or sight of key information that could be a saving grace to universities in crisis-mode is critical.  However accessing, sharing, and acting on this information quickly is still next to impossible.

Everything in one place

Pomona College Branded as ‘ConnectTo’, Pomona’s advancement department used Digital Hive and created a single, unified information portal bringing together IBM Cognos, Microsoft Power BI, Tableau, and SSRS. Last year, Pomona College won a National Silver CASE Award with ‘ConnectTo’.  Now, users have one place to go to easily find reports, dashboards, documents, training materials and more.

This has resulted in greater efficiency and productivity across departments, an increase in adoption (more than quadrupled), a reduction in technology management costs, and has directly impacted decision making in regards to fundraising campaigns.


While actively investing in new technology projects during a period of uncertainty may seem risky, the greatest risk is in retreating to the status quo. In all areas of our society, both in business and our personal lives, we have experienced a steady increase in digital transformation. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is not creating a new normal, it has simply accelerated the inevitable evolution of how we behave and interact. For many businesses who made digital investments early on, this period will mark an opportunity to accelerate past the competition. For others, it’s a wake-up call that the train is leaving the station, and immediate action is required. Unfortunately for the rest, a lack of action when times are good and when times are bad, will result in devastating consequences.

Click here to read more about howDigital Hive ransformed Pomona College’s fundraising efforts or book a demo to see Digital Hive in action. 

Gartner Cool Vendors 2020 Announced

Gartner Cool Vendors 2020 Announced

Digital Hive has been named a 2020 Gartner Cool Vendor in Analytics and Data Science

With the average organization using 3.8 different BI solutions, and the number of different business roles wanting to analyze the data increasing, it’s critical that businesses make it easy for users to leverage, share and scale the analytics value from different systems that have been generated before. 

According to Gartner’s report, published May 7th, 2020: 

“Organizations are struggling to manage analytics content from different tools. This hinders the ability to share and scale the use of analytics, and limits adoption as users fail to find and compile the insights that have been generated before.”

Garter recommend that one way this can be achieved is by

establishing an easily accessible portal that has single access to the analytics content built by multiple existing analytics solutions.

Gartner’s definition of a Cool Vendor is “a small company offering a technology or service that is: innovative — enables users to do things they couldn’t do before, impactful — has or will have a business impact — not just technology for its own sake, intriguing — has caught Gartner’s interest during the past six months.”

Why is Digital Hive Cool?

Digital Hive’s technology consolidates key information assets across an entire organization in one convenient and digestible place, giving users real-time access to the relevant information they contain through a single point of entry.  

Digital Hive (formally known as Theia) connects to analytics and BI tools platforms such as ThoughtSpot, Tableau, Qlik, IBM Cognos as well as standard document systems such as Google Drive, SharePoint, Box and social media platforms

Digital Hive’s analytics catalog addresses a real pain point impacting organizations using multiple analytics and BI tools — giving business users a single point of access and thereby providing visibility, governance and control.

Click here to read Gartner’s full report – link off to Gartner.

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Creating a Gameboard with a Purpose

Creating a Gameboard with a Purpose

ThoughtSpot Beyond 2019 surpassed all expectations! With keynotes from top industry leaders, an amazing product roadmap for 2020, ample networking opportunities with delegates from some of the most exciting companies on the planet… it’s safe to say Beyond 2019 was a grand slam – easily one of the most valuable analytics events of the year. 

Coming off the back of the Digital Hive (then names Theia) and ThoughtSpot technology partnership announcement (read more), we wanted to highlight the value of using embedded analytics, using ThoughtSpot inside of Digital Hive.

With the Major League Baseball World Series underway, Digital Hive (DH) brought a fully equipped pitching cage (you couldn’t miss it) to test the pitching speeds of the willing delegates who dared to give it a go. The results were surprising and did not disappoint!

We collected data on the speed of each pitch, top speed, and the average pitching speed, funnelled into ThoughtSpot within DH. Here we could rank and display each delegate’s performance back out to the conference, in real-time, and find out who had the strongest arm.

We then augmented the results by adding professional baseball data into DH Analytics Hub from other BI tools (PowerBI and Tableau), YouTube and other custom RSS feeds. This way, we could show the whole story through a single Gameboard.

  1. Kevin Clarke – Progressive Leasing (76MPH)
  2. Brandon Westmoreland – ALSAC  St. Jude (68MPH)
  3. George Howard – Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (64MPH)

Go2Insight and BEYOND!

Go2Insight and BEYOND!

By Darren Williams, Head of MI and Data, Clarity.

I’ve been in the travel industry a long time, long enough to see the Wright Brothers make their first flight (Not who you’re thinking, I mean Steve and Jim Wright from accounts on their first business trip to visit our Tralee office). Anyway, for as long as I’ve been in business travel, I’ve been a techie and self-professed geek for a far greater time. Alongside music, it’s my biggest passion and I’m incredibly lucky that my company, Clarity (we’ll get back to them later), and ThoughtSpot let me talk about it, especially to an audience.

So, a little while ago Theia contacted me to ask if I would like to join them in Dallas and speak at the 2019 ThoughtSpot Beyond Conference. To set the scene a little here, the other thing that is worth knowing about yours truly is that since the age of 10 (and we’ve already covered that I’m old) I have been a Cowboys fan. The football team, not guys in boots and hats.

The reason I was asked is because in my role as Head of MI and Data for Clarity, a global travel management company, I was at the forefront of integrating ThoughtSpot and Theia into our MI and reporting tool, Go2Insight. This has been a literal game-changer for my industry, which has previously been a mecca for scheduled reports and good old excel files. The ability to work with data to make it interesting and engaging, has been incredible and I’m beyond (BEYOND!) excited to tell you about what we have in store for the future.

I can’t wait to attend the conference and meet great minds with similar interests in data. To share ideas on how to get the most out of ThoughtSpot and hear how people in other industries are changing the game through its use. I’ll also be completely honest and say I’m equally looking forward to visiting the Theia stand to see the surprise they have for attendees!

I feel incredibly fortunate to have been invited to the event as a guest of Theia, a company that has been instrumental in helping me to deliver Go2Insight. If you’re in attendance please come and speak to me about our amazing technology, my love for music and Star Wars or the recent performances of the Dallas Cowboys.

Either way, I look forward to seeing you at Beyond!

To learn more, click here and download the Clarity Case Study by our UK Partner, Assimil8.