Jersey speeds up healthcare with integrated systems

Jersey's Health and Social Services department has improved its internal database after migrating its existing software onto a new platform.

Jersey's Health and Social Services department has improved its internal database after migrating its existing software onto a new platform.

The database is used for all patient administration and records, and the department is currently producing an integrated care record.

The department was faced with an ageing hardware platform supporting various applications, and the software was 25-years-old.

Paul Patterson, risk manager, said the department needed to update its technology infrastructure and speed up its internal database-driven processes.

It used an object database and a rapid integration platform from Intersystems to bring all of its databases together and improve speed and reliability.

Graham Frost, group director at Intersystems, said, "It is not always possible in the healthcare industry to simply roll out "rip and replace" strategies, as lives are at risk and data is mission critical and required on demand."

Patterson said the department had spent a fraction of the expected total and added, "The integration engine brings all databases together so that we have got one record. Everything is in one place and it helps us track patients. It also makes things a lot more stable."

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