Published: 26/09/2002, Volume II2, No. 5824 Page 19

Channel One is rolling out a 900-user, server-based computing architecture for Fife Acute Hospitals trust. The Citrix-based system will be maintained by Fujitsu Siemens Computers, the project's prime contractor. It will enable health professionals to access and record key patient information and to access other desktop applications across the trust's four sites.

lConsultancy Interactive Educational Systems has launched a new information tool for renal patients, following trials at Guy's Hospital in London. The Renal Transplant Information System helps patients to understand the treatment process and likely outcomes and also promotes healthy living. Funding came from an educational grant from Roche Products.

lLambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Collaboration has signed three contracts in a£5m deal to roll out iSOFT's Patient Management System (PiMS) across the three trusts involved - Kings College Hospital trust, Lewisham Hospital trust and Guy's and St Thomas'Hospital trust. The eight-year contract will deliver centralised patient information to 4,000 staff and will, with other systems, form the basis of a level 3/4 electronic patient record.

lNorth Glasgow University Hospitals trust has replaced its old printers with more than 200 laser printers from Lexmark. These can reproduce forms on demand, eliminating the need for expensive pre-printed stationery.

lWhipps Cross Hospital has become the first NHS hospital to install Agfa's Quadrat system, a modern radiology system with a Windows graphical interface that allows patients to be scheduled electronically. The hospital also uses Agfa's information management system.

lRoyal Surrey County Hospital has placed a contract with Elan Technologies to develop a new system for its physiotherapy department that will integrate with the Oasis electronic record patient system, already in use at the hospital. The system will help with booking and give physiotherapists access to relevant clinical data on the Oasis database. This should help tailor care for patients.

lImprocom, an independent IT and communications company, is helping to devise a voice and data network for Tyne and Wear fire and civil defence, which operates from 22 sites in north east England. The consultancy is currently assisting in choosing a supplier.