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CSC to deliver InterSystems Ensemble to NME Trusts

InterSystems : 12 September, 2008  (Company News)
The InterSystems Ensemble rapid integration platform is now available to the North, Midlands and East of England (NME) Trusts under the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
Ensemble is being delivered by CSC, the Local System Provider for NME, as the standard Trust Integration Engine (TIE) for integrating new solutions with existing applications provided by CSC.

InterSystems is recognised as a leader in providing software that enables connected healthcare on a local, regional or national basis. Ensemble implementations around the world have fulfilled a wide range of healthcare integration requirements. These connected healthcare initiatives have made it possible to create and integrate electronic health records, delivering improved care while costs are reduced.

One of the first Strategic Health Authorities (SHA) who will benefit from the contract is Yorkshire and the Humber. Phil Molyneux, chief information officer, NHS Yorkshire and the Humber said, “This agreement between CSC and InterSystems is part of the Local Service Provider contract and is great news for our Trusts. It fits with our strategy to take advantage of new strategic solutions from CSC whilst maximising the benefit that we can get from existing software products that are highly valued by the local Trusts.”

The Ensemble TIE will include pre-built and pre-tested interfaces for key Trust-based applications. In addition, Trusts have the option to expand their use of Ensemble beyond the TIE to address other Trust integration requirements. Trust and SHA representatives from the NME are collaborating at the NHS Connecting for Health (CfH) Trust Integration Forum to agree on which of their existing applications require Ensemble TIE interfaces. CSC and InterSystems are working with the vendors of those applications to configure and test interfaces to the CSC-hosted applications.

“Proven, comprehensive and extensible integration is vital to the success of the NPfIT program,” said Mike Dyer, CSC’s NHS chief technology officer. “Our new TIE initiative directly addresses the need to achieve a single view of a patient record and keep disparate systems synchronised.”

InterSystems Ensemble had been successfully implemented at a number of NHS sites including Barts and The London NHS Trust, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Plymouth ICT Shared Services, Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust, and East and North Herts NHS Trust.

“InterSystems has always recognised the importance of the Trusts’ existing applications and of applying integration technology to deliver a more ‘connected’ healthcare system.” said Graham Frost, managing director UK, InterSystems. “We are delighted that all Trusts in the NME region now have the opportunity to implement Ensemble and take a positive step towards combining the best of new and existing systems.”
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