Published: 26/05/2005, Volume II5, No. 5957 Page 2

Collaboration systems

Imperial College London and Oracle have agreed a collaboration to develop systems to help patients tackle chronic diseases through personal healthcare monitoring in hospital and at home.

Oracle will spend£1m over the first three years of the collaboration, called the Healthcare of the Future Centre.

The aim is to link body sensors, worn or implanted on the body and connected to wireless applications, to Oracle middleware to develop webbased patient monitoring systems. The initial focus will be on patients with cystic fibrosis, heart failure and those with cardiovascular and respiratory assist devices.

www. oracle. co. uk

Voice of reason

Kings College Hospital is running a trial of Voice Integrated Products' Solo device, which monitors lone workers.

Community midwives and health visitors are piloting the product, which is designed to help ensure their safety and provide them with a direct link to the hospital when they are out in the community.

www. vip. co. uk

Access improvement

Oracle has signed up Medify Solutions as a UK partner to offer a product for remote access to patient records.

Medify Remote allows users such as a GP on a house call or a house doctor at a bedside in accident and emergency to use a mobile phone or a special hand-held device to access patient records. Medify has also become an accredited business partner of Orange, one of the two phone operators approved as NHS suppliers.

www. medifysolutions. com

Software saving

Government purchasing agency OGCbuying. solutions has signed a three-year framework contract with US software supplier BEA Systems that is expected to save the public sector£15m in IT costs.

The deal agreed by the agency - the trading arm of the Office of Government Commerce - covers software products, licences and support services.

www. ogcbuying solutions. gov. uk

Specimen services

University College London Hospitals foundation trust has acquired a new anatomic pathology information system.

The work of laboratory includes specialist services that handle specimens from across the world and the system offers a wide variety of report formats to meet these needs.

For details contact Marie McLaughlin, 01444-231 507.