Innovation in the NHS - yes it happens

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Healthcare software supplier System C has beaten nearly 3,000 entries from around the world to win 2010 Microsoft Partner of the Year award in the category 'Public sector health partner'. 

The award recognises innovation and solutions which clearly benefit customers ' businesses.

System C won for its Clinical Dashboard products which use indicators, gauges and charts to display real-time, relevant healthcare information - for example on clinical outcomes.  

The Dashboard products bring together data from many sources, including a hospital's PAS and clinical systems.


Each dashboard is configurable to local clinical needs. It's possible to make comparisons against national data sets. Clinicians can identify key areas for information gathering and improvement.

Microsoft judges said System C met all the objectives set at the outset for the project - delivering improved quality of clinical outcomes and financial savings.  They described the system as  "an excellent scalable solution that addresses clinicians' pain points".

Dr Ian Denley, Chief Executive of System C, said the project had tight timescales and much clinical support.  

System C's dashboard products are based on Medway BI, the company's business intelligence and data warehouse programmes.  The product range includes PAS, Electronic Patient Record and departmental systems, including A&E and maternity, which are said to be based on the latest Microsoft technologies. 

Medway integrates Office, Sharepoint, SQL Server and Reporting Services.

NHS Connecting for Health set up the Dashboard programme in response to Lord Darzi's call for timely, high-quality information to help clinical teams.

The dashboards are now installed in the primary and secondary care sectors in acute, PCT, mental health and ambulance Trusts.  

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust commissioned System C to supply the Medway order communications and electronic-prescribing software. System C said the order represented a "significant strategic win in one of the first major procurements outside the Government's National Programme for IT".

System C expects pre-tax profits of £5.4m for the year ended 31 May 2010 compared with £4.1m in 2009.

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