Woodward Associates


autoGROUPER is an application that derives Healthcare Resource Groups and related information in real time. Included are access to all algorithms at FCE and Spell level for Inpatient, Outpatient, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care records.

An optional service extension is available that supports inclusion of local tariffs, and year-on-year comparisons.


  • Integrated multi-year HRG grouping and tariffing
  • Remote access from any device or system
  • Local Tariff support
  • Fully-featured stable API
  • Comparative analysis of changes in groupings and tariffing


  • Inexpensive enterprise HRG grouping solution
  • Managed HRG algorithm and tariffing maintenance
  • Identify areas of service funding risk


£0.01 to £0.1 per transaction

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G-Cloud 11

Service ID

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Woodward Associates

Mark Light

01753 867220


Service scope

Software add-on or extension
Cloud deployment model
  • Public cloud
  • Private cloud
Service constraints
System requirements
Azure Site-to-Site VPN compliant router desirable but not a requirement

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
We respond within 24 hours during normal working hours (0900-1700 Monday to Friday excluding public holidays)
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Phone support
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
Onsite support
Onsite support
Support levels
Please see Appendix A of the SLA
Support available to third parties

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
We can provide onsite training, online training, and provide interface and managers documentation
Service documentation
Documentation formats
End-of-contract data extraction
No data is retained by this service
End-of-contract process
Access to the service is removed, nothing else is necessary due to the lack of data retention.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari 9+
  • Opera
Application to install
Designed for use on mobile devices
Service interface
What users can and can't do using the API
JSON API functions are provided to open up a grouping session, select the required grouping algorithm, present data for grouping, and retrieve grouping results
API documentation
API documentation formats
  • Open API (also known as Swagger)
  • PDF
API sandbox or test environment
Customisation available


Independence of resources
Response metrics and system health statistics are monitored - additional resources can be committed when required.


Service usage metrics
Metrics types
Individual Response Time, Average Response Time, Failed Requests Counts, Average Failed Requests
Reporting types
Reports on request


Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Staff screening not performed
Government security clearance
Up to Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Data storage and processing locations
United Kingdom
User control over data storage and processing locations
Datacentre security standards
Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)
Penetration testing frequency
Less than once a year
Penetration testing approach
Protecting data at rest
  • Physical access control, complying with CSA CCM v3.0
  • Scale, obfuscating techniques, or data storage sharding
Data sanitisation process
Data sanitisation type
Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
Equipment disposal approach
In-house destruction process

Data importing and exporting

Data export approach
Only derived results are returned by the service
Data export formats
  • CSV
  • Other
Other data export formats
Data import formats
  • CSV
  • Other
Other data import formats

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • Private network or public sector network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
Please see SLA
Approach to resilience
Scalability, backup, disaster recovery and resilience plan is in place and available on request
Outage reporting
Email alerts

Identity and authentication

User authentication needed
User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
Client managed access control with superuser status granted to specific personnel.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
How long system logs are stored for
At least 12 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
ISO 28000:2007 certification
CSA STAR certification
PCI certification
Other security certifications

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Security governance certified
Security governance standards
  • ISO/IEC 27001
  • Other
Other security governance standards
NHS Data Security and Protection Toolkit
Information security policies and processes
Process and Security policies are maintained of the Company's intranet.
Company personnel and reporting structure is also documented and maintained on the Company's intranet with specific emphasis on the security reporting pathway.
Personnel are made aware of these policies and are required to read and acknowledge them.
Regular (annual) retraining is run on specific components of these policies that relate to the handling, retention and protection of client or other sensitive data.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach
Components are tracked through industry standard (Microsoft) source code control mechanisms, test suites and release management systems (e.g. Azure).
A Security Impact Analysis (SIA) is conducted by our Security Manager prior to major releases where access control mechanisms require changes.
Vulnerability management type
Vulnerability management approach
We monitor recommendations from Azure Security Advisor, and respond to threats by updating system and infrastructure accordingly. Reviews are carried out on a systematic basis, and identified changes will be actioned in accordance with the SLA.
Protective monitoring type
Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach
Audit access logs (including W3C service logging, and our own authorised access logs) includes the following capabilities for monotoring and responding to incidents:
Accurate Time Stamps
Recording on Session Activity by User and Workstation
Report on Backup, Test and Recovery operations
Alerting Critical Events
Audit System Status monitoring
Production of Sanitised and Statistical Management Reports

The Service Desk has real time access to logs and alerts

Incident responses are covered in the SLA
Incident management type
Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach
We comply with the ISO-27001 information security standard, covering the scope of the service delivered.
The Statement of Applicability for our ISO controls is available under NDA.
Configuration, change management, incident response and protective monitoring are all demonstrated in our compliance with the ISO-27001 information security standard.
In addition to our ISO-27001 compliance, and our use of independent 3rd party penetration tests, we operate an assumed breach model and use active red-team penetration testing and vulnerability management as part of our Operational Security Assurance (OSA).

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Conforms to a recognised standard, but self-assessed

Public sector networks

Connection to public sector networks
Connected networks
  • NHS Network (N3)
  • Health and Social Care Network (HSCN)


£0.01 to £0.1 per transaction
Discount for educational organisations
Free trial available

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