Basho works with NHS to develop new Spine 2 database

Basho Technologies, a software company, has said it is working with the NHS to develop the new Spine2 database, which is supported by Basho’s distributed database Riak (view press release).

The NHS, which has goals to drive efficiency and care improvements through the use of technology, over the past two years has been focusing efforts on revamping the NHS’ Spine1 database, a critical UK healthcare system.

At its peak, Spine1 was managed by over 2,000 staff and was supported by 1,000 servers. The NHS decided to rethink the Spine computer by starting small and staying small while at the same time improving the performance and reliability of the system, along with its support of the care process.

The NHS chose Basho’s Riak as the backbone of the new Spine2 project to develop a more flexible and resilient solution. With Riak, the NHS developers will be able to make changes to Spine2 without needing burdensome and expensive systems integrators. This will dramatically cut down the time taken to implement new features dramatically and positively impacting patient care.

Inspired by the Danish Health Authority, which has already set up an agile, national record system based on the Riak database, the NHS had confidence that Basho’s database would be suitable for its needs. The Spine2 project is currently in the last phases of testing and is due to go live in early 2014.

“In the healthcare industry, keeping costs low and simultaneously improving the level of care are critical requirements,” said Greg Collins, CEO at Basho Technologies. “As medical information becomes digital, government health organisations need IT capabilities that provide uninterrupted, reliable access to critical, life-saving information. Riak’s built-in resiliency and predictable scalability are two important features that directly benefit the NHS and the citizens of the United Kingdom. Basho is very excited to be working with the NHS on such a revolutionary, world leading project.”

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