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Customer Success: Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

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Developing IT solutions to support research for new, more effective and efficient treatments for heart and lung disease.

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is a partnership of two specialist hospitals, known throughout the world for their expertise, standard of care, and research success.  RBH has achieved incredible things: performing the first successful heart and lung transplant in Britain, implanting the first coronary stent, and pioneering intricate heart surgery for newborn infants. Countless lives have been saved, diseases prevented and lives extended.

However, the technical support for the research process was – until more recently – ad-hoc and inconsistent. Research data was often collected on paper and rekeyed into spreadsheets, or stored in one-off databases. This led to manual labor processes, data availability delays, and data accessibility problems. Analysis was also difficult and inefficient as data was stored in disparate locations, and a lack of tools necessitated custom SQL reports to be written.

Steven Collins is the IT lead at CRC (Cardiovascular Research Centre). With Smart GWT as the core technology, Steven and his team his team has made huge improvements. To highlight just a few:

  • Leveraged the rich Smart GWT validation features to prevent all mistakes during data entry
  • Used the DataSource XML Generator to combine data across studies, and with patient information as it is captured over time
  • Empowered researchers (via Dynamic Data Filtering) to create very complex queries (e.g. tree / nested, and, or, not) directly through the UI – without having to learn SQL.


Steven’s latest solution at CRC is the ‘Cardiovascular Research Centre Database Internal Web Portal’. It makes available all research data from all projects, available through a web portal. The CRC has many research studies going on at any given time, and data gathered in one study can actually be useful in others. Combining data across studies, and with patient information as it is captured over time (for example, medical events, doctor visits and reports) has provided invaluable insights into ongoing benefits and outcomes of treatments.

Learn how Steve and his team at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust have leveraged Smart GWT to achieve all this and more.

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Jason Hardy-Smith