Isle of Man IT health system goes live on time and on budget

An IT project to computerise the Isle of Man's hospital services has gone live on time and within budget.

An IT project to computerise the Isle of Man's hospital services has gone live on time and within budget.

The successful project - systems went live without delays or changes in the contract or requirements - sets a different tone to some of the delays and changes in England's National Programme for IT.

In the Isle of Man an integrated patient management and administration went live on the date agreed between the supplier and the island's authorities at the outset of the contract eight months before.

Healthcare supplier System C was awarded a contract worth £7.5m by the Isle of Man Government Department of Health and Social Security last year. Deployments at The Nobles Hospital at Braddan near Douglas and Ramsay Cottage Hospitals mark the first phase of the contract to install software systems throughout the island's hospital and community services.

Roger Godfrey, consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Nobles Hospital, and clinical lead for the programme, said, "It is never easy choosing IT systems from demonstrations and procurements". He added that the chosen Medway EPR system provided eveything he was looking for.

"During the procurement, System C told us what the system would do, how much it would cost, and when it would be installed, and that is exactly what they have delivered."

The Nobles and Ramsay Cottage Hospitals have installed the Medway patient management system, including its patient administration system, an accident and emergency system, care records maternity system and the Healthdata Manager datawarehouse. More than 1,300 users were trained. The new systems include links to hospital legacy systems using the "Rhapsody" integration engine.

The project included a programme of business change.

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