Eton, UK – 29th November 2011 – InterSystems today announced that Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have implemented InterSystems Ensemble® as the foundation of a service-oriented architecture (SOA). The Trust selected InterSystems Ensemble as its seamless platform for integration and the development of connectable applications to modernize its integration capability. This will help future-proof enhancements and extensions to its IT applications and services, and make it easier to innovate and create new IT services.
Leeds Teaching Hospital is one of the largest and busiest NHS Trusts in the country, treating over a million patients a year. Previously, for each new IT interface the Trust had to manually re-configure numerous diverse software interfaces across the entire hospital. This was costly and time-consuming, as well as potentially operationally disruptive.
The ability to “plug-and-play” interfaces using Ensemble’s interface mapping facility provides the Trust with a standardized process that could reduce the time and costs for bringing interfaces online by up to 80%. The Trust will also make use of Ensemble’s compliance with the government’s Interoperability ToolKit (ITK) standards that will significantly lower the barriers for the introduction of new, innovative applications and devices for connected care.
Senior Application Developer at the Trust, Jason Melton, said “Ensemble provides our IT framework with a reliable and efficient capability to integrate various existing systems that are currently operating in separated silos. It also helps us accommodate future technology innovations using the ITK standards, which is vital as we move towards a common system where different Trusts can share resources and activities.”
The initial phase used Ensemble to integrate into the Trust’s IT infrastructure a new e-prescribing solution that enables doctors to directly request prescriptions from the hospital’s pharmacy and at the same time update the patient electronic health records. Plans include the integration of a new digital dictation service and patient self-service kiosk touchscreens in the outpatient clinics.
Jonathan Selby, InterSystems UK & Ireland Country Manager, said “Ensemble provides the Leeds Teaching Hospital with greater IT flexibility and functionality that enables them to modernize their IT systems in a cost-effective way, now and in the future. We are delighted that the Trust is using our advanced technologies to deliver breakthrough healthcare solutions with interoperability to significantly improve working methods and patient care.”
InterSystems Corporation is a worldwide leader in breakthrough solutions for connected care with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 23 countries. InterSystems Ensemble® is a seamless platform for integration and the development of connectable applications. InterSystems Caché® is a high performance object database that makes applications faster and more scalable. InterSystems HealthShare™ is a strategic platform for healthcare informatics and the creation of an Electronic Health Record on a regional or national scale. InterSystems TrakCare™ is a Web-based unified healthcare information system that rapidly delivers the benefits of an Electronic Patient Record. InterSystems DeepSee™ is software that makes it possible to embed real-time business intelligence capabilities in transactional applications.
About Leeds Teaching Hospital
Leeds Teaching Hospital is one of the largest and busiest NHS Trusts in the country, treating over a million patients a year, and is responsible for an annual budget of around a billion pounds. The Trust was formed in April 1998 following the merger of two smaller NHS Trusts in the city. The Trust includes Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s University Hospital, along with a network of well-respected and popular smaller facilities – Chapel Allerton Hospital, Seacroft Hospital, Wharfedale Hospital and the Leeds Dental Institute.
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