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Irish integrated patient management system passes key milestone

ISoft : 22 January, 2008  (New Product)
The largest listed specialist information technology company in Australia has announced that the project for an integrated patient management system in Ireland has achieved a key milestone with 26 acute, community and mental health hospitals going live.
The implementation programme is managed by Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) which is responsible for providing Health and Personal Social Services for everyone living in the Republic of Ireland.

All 26 hospitals are now using patient management software from IBA’s iSOFT subsidiary an important building block in the HSE’s journey towards an electronic patient record.

The HSE’s Cork University Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in Ireland, is also implementing iSOFT’s clinical information system, which will provide clinicians at the hospital with access to hospital-wide clinical order entry and the reporting of patients’ diagnostic results at the point of care. iSOFT is now working with the HSE to extend the implementation of this system to other hospitals in Ireland.

In addition to these successful implementations, a number of outstanding contractual matters with the HSE have now been resolved, including settlement of outstanding payments due to iSOFT.

Damien McCallion, head of ICT in HSE, said: “The initial deployment has dealt with some very serious risk issues and provided hospitals with a modern patient management system that facilitates integration with other systems within our hospitals and will ultimately provide a strong foundation in our desire to move towards an electronic patient record.”

“The implementation of these new systems is a key enabler of our overall strategy which aims to use ICT to fundamentally support healthcare delivery.”

Gary Cohen, executive chairman and CEO of IBA Health, said: “The HSE manages 52 acute hospitals along with a much greater number of non-acute hospitals e.g. convalescence, elderly care, mental health. The resolution of contract issues and the successful completion of the implementation in 26 hospitals builds on a long-standing relationship we have with the HSE, paving the way for further roll-out of patient management systems and clinical systems across the HSE network of care facilities.”
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