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Ipswich first for iSoft iCM

24th April 2007

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has become the first trust to receive an iSoft iCM clinical system under the National Programme for IT (NPfIT).

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The system went live at the weekend as local service provider Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) deployed the iPM patient administration system (PAS).  CSC then went on to install an iPM PAS at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust in the same weekend – a first for the service provider.  CSC has now delivered PAS systems to 18 hospitals in the North-west and West Midlands, East and North-Eastern regions it covers as part of its NHS

In a joint statement CSC and Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust described the switch over as a ‘major undertaking’ involving 16.8m individual patient records being transferred and over 1,900 staff being trained to operate the new software.  Installation of the new clinical system was further complicated by a new electronic patient administration system going live at the same time.

A CSC spokesperson said that the change-over at Ipswich had gone well and that staff had responded favourably adding, “The system provides staff with access to an electronic patient record for every patient they treat and supports staff in treating patients quickly and effectively, as it accurately tracks patients within the trust.?

Staff at Northampton have had less success and teething problems have caused early problems with their new system.  The Northampton iPM system is currently failing to update legacy records.

 

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