As part of the NHS London Programme for IT six of the capital's mental health trusts are now using computerised patient record systems, installed by BT in its capacity of local service provider for London. New systems have been installed in North East London, West London, South West London and St Georges, East London and the City, and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey mental health trusts. Oxleas was one of the first of the mental health trusts in London to have completed a trust-wide switch to electronic records. The trust serves three London boroughs with a combined population of around a million people.
NHS Shared Business Services has been named outsourcing service provider of the year at the National Outsourcing Association awards. The joint venture between Xansa and the Department of Health was chosen for its exemplary public-sector outsourcing model, which is regarded as a successful template for redirecting resources to frontline services - as required in the Gershon Review. Chairman of the NOA Martyn Hart said: 'NHS SBS is clearly well integrated into its clients and has an immense impact on processes. The venture has not only improved financial systems but also prompted a change in culture and focus on creating best practice.'
Health IT group Ascribe has acquired Scorpio Information Systems, a supplier of clinical information management systems to the NHS. Scorpio has developed over 30 clinical modules for hospital developments and patient care including endoscopy reporting, maternity, eye-unit casualty and oncology units, which are in use at 12 NHS hospitals. Scorpio will continue to develop clinician-focused modules and the Ascribe Board expects to cross-sell Scorpio systems to other customers of the group. Ascribe say that their additional resources will enable Scorpio to extend its own suite of healthcare solutions. In its last statutory accounts Scorpio reported turnover of£0.52m and an operating profit of£0.24m.
NHS 24 has extended its contract with Clinical Solutions for its decision support solution for the next three years. The patient encounter tracking and decision support system helps advisers in assessing callers' needs, with a nurse triage service for calls.
The extended contract includes an upgrade and continues to underpin the telephony based out of hours service, providing an assessment centre for callers, simplifying contact with the NHS and offering support. The original core decision support application was implemented in 2002 when the Scottish service was launched.