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Quicksilva and Mayden connect fifteen Primary Care Trust psychotherapy services to NHS spine

2nd October 2012

Quicksilva, an independent supplier of healthcare IT systems and Mayden, a specialist in advanced healthcare web applications, are enabling psychological therapy services within the NHS to connect to the NHS Spine for the first time. The orQestra® solution used by Mayden was Quicksilva’s first to be accredited by the NHS Interoperability Toolkit (ITK) as a Spine Mini Service Provider and to be used for psychological therapy services with fifteen PCTs going live in the past month.

The development means that the PCTs, located throughout the UK, will have access to real time patient demographic information, enabling them to provide a better standard of patient care and speed up referral times. Better data matching and reconciliation mean that patients no longer need to have to hand their NHS number as the system is able to pull this and other pertinent information from the NHS Spine. This means greater convenience, a faster registration process and improved data accuracy. These features are particularly useful for self-referring patients who commonly wouldn’t know their NHS Number.

A key additional benefit is that the orQestra® technology designed by Quicksilva and implemented by Mayden means that any organisation that meets ITK requirements can connect to the NHS Spine. This will potentially give a shot in the arm to initiatives from the Government Department of Health to extend patient choice to ‘Any Qualified Provider’ (AQP).

Gavin Slater, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust comments: “As an NHS service, we need to ensure that the details we have on our patients is accurate, up to date and kept safe. Use of the NHS Spine information is a key process within our patient registration process, therefore accessing it directly through Quicksilva and Mayden makes the whole process more efficient and accurate. The Lookup tool was integrated into the system very quickly and easily, and we have found it to be very user friendly.  By being able to search for patients with or without the NHS number, makes this tool very versatile and especially valuable for patients who self-refer.”

Gayna Hart, Managing Director of Quicksilva said: “This is the practical realisation of the Government’s agenda to localise NHS IT. Quicksilva and Mayden have combined our joint expertise to provide a solution for fifteen PCTs that most importantly, works, but has also been delivered on time and to budget. It is smaller, localised projects such as this that will finally make the delivery of Spine services across the country a reality and mean an end to poor quality data.  Sharing of information will make life easier for everyone and inefficiencies that cost tax payers millions can be overcome.”

Chris Eldridge, Product Manager, at Mayden added: “The key to this project is its simplicity. Web-based systems that can be securely accessed from any computer and quickly rolled out with Spine integration provided by Quicksilva and data reconciliation delivered at the back end by Mayden are the future of NHS IT projects and the next logical step.”

The solution uses Quicksilva’s orQestra® system and Mayden’s IAPTus patient management system.


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