Commvault and FlyingBinary offer NHS trusts the first platform for GDPR compliance on G-Cloud 9

NHS trusts and healthcare organisations now have access to a one-stop solution for consolidating their data in readiness for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018.

Commvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, in partnership with web science company FlyingBinary, has released the Commvault Clinical Archive to the G-Cloud 9 digital marketplace. The platform will make the NHS more secure, ensure data is fully backed up and it will help improve patient care through better use of data.

With one year to go until GDPR comes into force, organisations are under pressure to ensure the data they hold is GDPR-compliant. In the NHS, this is particularly difficult due to the numbers of discrete systems used: a typical NHS trust hosts between 350 and 500 different stand-alone applications, all holding patient data. Not only does this mean that patient data is stored in many different places and formats, it also means that even when legacy systems are no longer in use, they cannot be decommissioned for compliance reasons until the data they hold is removed. This comes at a cost to NHS trusts.

A fundamental pillar for GDPR compliance is the identification and classification of data. Commvault is a specialist in data migration and the Commvault Clinical Archive on G-Cloud 9 uses this specialism to give NHS trusts the tools they need to become fully GDPR compliant. More than this, by using the Commvault Clinical Archive, trusts and healthcare organisations will be able to make more effective clinical decisions based on data to improve patient care.

Following the global WannaCry attacks last week clearly Ransomware attacks are increasing in their scale and regularity. On Commvault’s platform, the data is centrally held in a format that is encrypted and secure many NHS Trusts, including Royal Cornwall NHS.

“To get back up and running depends on the individual trust and the systems they have in place. Most hospital IT departments control a majority, (but very rarely all) of the data management requirements of these applications. Currently, NHS trusts and healthcare organisations hold data in hundreds of stand-alone systems, creating silos of data in many different formats. Once the immediate threat of malware infection spread is neutralised, those that have got a single platform, universally consistent backup solution in place will probably only take a few hours at most to ensure their systems managed by IT up and running quickly, said John Gladstone Healthcare Practice Lead – Commvault EMEA “The Commvault Clinical Archive brings together this data into one golden source. It gives healthcare organisations the tools to address the challenges of GDPR regulation while simultaneously providing the opportunity to improve patient care”

“Along with our partners, FlyingBinary, we have made the platform available on G-Cloud 9, providing a one-stop shop for NHS Trusts to consolidate their data to become GDPR compliant. It is the first step towards detangling the data held by healthcare authorities.”

G-Cloud 9 is FlyingBinary’s ninth framework award, having been listed on the Government Cloud Digital Marketplace since its inception. FlyingBinary’s goal has always been to bring transformative cloud services to the public sector.

Dr Jacqui Taylor, FlyingBinary’s CEO said: “We are in a world where companies of all sizes use their data to gain actionable insights to transform their businesses, maximise opportunities and build new products and services. Traditionally the public sector has lagged in its use of cutting-edge systems, especially in healthcare. By bringing the Commvault Clinical Archive to NHS trusts, we give them the transformation tools they need to become data-driven organisations, as well as providing a significant step towards GDPR compliance. Unlocking the data held by the NHS is key to improving efficiencies and better patient care.”