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NHS Connecting for Health has completed the national procurement of an encryption solution for removable media and full disk encryption on behalf of the NHS.

The selected product, SafeBoot, a McAfee solution, is provided by Trustmarque Solutions. The product is an enterprise class solution which integrates with existing software deployment tools and can be deployed in both standalone and organisation-wide scenarios.

The process for obtaining software and licenses has now been agreed and the solution is now available to the NHS and is being deployed by trusts and Health Informatics Services groups to machines throughout their estates.

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NHS Connecting for Health has announced the appointment of eight new national clinical leads, who will build on the current work being done to involve their colleagues in the National Programme for IT.

The eight new national clinical leads are: Mr Nigel Beasley - NCL for hospital doctors; Dr Robert Pitcher - NCL for hospital doctors; Dr Adrian Scott - NCL for diabetes; Dr Gifford Batstone - NCL for pathology; Sharon Hart - NCL for medication management; Dr Joe McDonald - NCL for mental health; John Sparrow - NCL for ophthalmology; Parul Desai - NCL for Public Health.

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Under a system called Free Choice, any patient receiving routine elective treatment will now be able to choose from any NHS approved hospital provider in England.

Minister for health services Ben Bradshaw said: "Choice is fundamental to the delivery of a personalised NHS. People would like to have more control and be more involved in the decisions about their illness and treatment."

As part of the broader initiative to raise choice NHS trusts and organisations providing healthcare funded by the NHS will be able to promote their services for the first time.

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iSOFT has signed an agreement with US-based Sentillion to become its first healthcare channel partner in Europe for its single sign on (SSO), context management and user provisioning solutions.

The move coincides with the launch of Sentillion's UK Channel Partner Program and enables iSOFT to become the first partner to Vergence SSO/context management suite and Sentillion's next generation SSO solution expreSSO, which have all been developed for healthcare.

Paul Richards, managing director of iSOFT UK and Ireland said: "Our partnership with Sentillion via its Channel Partner Program allows our customers to benefit from the industry’s most comprehensive set of solutions for single sign-on and context management. These solutions manage single sign-on across multiple applications and allow users to easily switch between applications seamlessly while retaining patient context."