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iSOFT completes LIMS upgrades for Welsh NHS trusts

ISoft : 06 June, 2008  (Company News)
iSOFT has upgraded laboratory information systems at nine NHS trusts in Wales as part of a 1 million contract with Ceredigion and Mid Wales NHS Trust being the final trust to complete upgrade procedure.
iSOFT has upgraded laboratory information systems at nine NHS trusts in Wales as part of a 1 million contract with Ceredigion and Mid Wales NHS Trust being the final trust to complete upgrade procedure.

All nine trusts have reported improvements in performance since the upgrade.

Under the contract, iSOFT has moved the nine trusts to its latest laboratory solution for better performance and greater resilience. All NHS trusts in Wales are running the same version after North East Wales and Gwent Healthcare were upgraded in 2007 under an existing contract.

Paul Richards, managing director of iSOFT UK and Ireland, said: “Very close co-operation between iSOFT and staff at each trust enabled us to complete this project to the agreed schedule and consistently hit the deadlines for each trust within the overall programme.”

North West Wales NHS Trust was one of the first to be upgraded. The trust’s laboratory systems manager, Ian Kilbourn, said: “We are now able to gather information in minutes rather than hours and the whole system is much more robust, with instant screen refresh. Administrative tasks have been streamlined and we have a degree of resilience not seen before, which is vital for a system that is an essential component for the clinical care of patients.

“Careful planning, plus the co-operation and flexibility of all staff involved, together with the skill and expertise of the iSOFT team, achieved this complex task within the agreed time scale.”

The technology refresh upgrades existing pathology systems, originally installed in the early 1990s and ensures that trusts have the updated hardware and system software to meet the demands of a modern pathology service.

The overall process was negotiated by Informing Healthcare, the Welsh Assembly government programme set up to improve patient care through better use of information and IT.

The nine NHS trusts are: Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, Conwy and Denbighshire, Cardiff and Vale, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, North Glamorgan, North West Wales, Pembrokeshire and Derwen, and Pontypridd and Rhondda.

iSOFT has 150 customers in the UK for laboratory information systems.

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