Morecambe Bay go-live is "fantastic news" for patients

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CSC announced today - nearly a week after it happened - that iSoft's Lorenzo Regional Care Release 1.9 went live on June 1, 2010, at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.

Tony Halsall, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust CEO, was quoted in CSC's press release as saying: "Becoming the first acute trust in England to implement Lorenzo is not only fantastic news for the trust and our staff, but also for our patients."

Lorenzo has been rolled out to all of the hospital sites at the Trust -- including Furness General, Westmorland General, and Royal Lancaster Infirmary -- replacing the existing patient administrative system), and is the "first such deployment at an acute trust in England" says CSC.

The deployment involved the training of over 3,500 staff and the migration of approximately 80 million data transactions to the new system.

CSC referred to the benefits of Lorenzo in the future tense. It said:


"Lorenzo will provide healthcare professionals with access to a joined-up view of the patient record, improve hospital efficiency and help ensure that clinicians can offer the safest and most appropriate treatment, based on the very latest patient information."
 
Guy Hains, president of CSC International, said  (perhaps rather vaguely)  "CSC's work is about harnessing technology to support clinicians and Trusts in their drive for change to deliver better care. Going live at the first acute Trust in the country is a significant step forward."

He added:

"Developing and implementing a program as complex as this has required a clear vision and collaboration between multiple stakeholders. The Trust has always carried this vision, making a true alliance possible between all key parties -- including the Trust, NHS Connecting for Health, CSC and its alliance partners."

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CSC has yet to be paid for the Morecambe Bay go-live. That said, the supplier has been the only major NPfIT local service provider to have announced no losses or serious difficulties related to the national programme.

Links:

CSC health products outside of the NPfIT - IT Projects Blog

iSoft apologies over its CSC and NPfIT statements - IT Projects Blog

Why is iSoft sombre after the Morecambe Bay success? - IT Projects Blog

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