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Leading NHS Trust and EAI vendor warn against flawed integration approach in
race to have electronic patient records systems


Wokingham, 13 May 2002 - NHS hospital trusts' approach to rolling out
electronic patient records systems is 'impulsive' and 'ill-considered' and
could result in a great number missing the 2005 deadline for having
electronic patient records systems.


According to the On-line Services Manager at Stockport NHS Trust and
enterprise integration solutions provider Attachmate, in the race to meet
the looming deadline, many NHS hospital trusts have elected to unnecessarily
re-engineer their existing systems rather than take simple integration
measures.


Ian Curr, On-line Service Manager for Stockport NHS Trust, winner of the
'Best Use of IT in Secondary Care' award in the Healthcare 2001 IT
Effectiveness Awards, said: "With the mounting challenges that the NHS IT
infrastructure faces, the last thing that NHS Trusts should do is make
things even more daunting for themselves by totally overhauling their IT
systems. At Stockport NHS, we maximise our existing investments by making
use of our current systems and deploying legacy integration tools. In the
end, not only has our approach made things a lot easier and cost effective
for us, it has also enabled us to see a real return on investment.
Stockport NHS is already on its way to building a successful NHS IT
infrastructure".



The integration oversight is further compounded by the fact that there are
so few resources available for building effective IT strategies in the first
place whilst the cash-starved NHS constantly faces the challenge of juggling
its budget for new IT systems with other pressing healthcare demands. This
makes the case even stronger for NHS trusts to be discriminate, judicious
and more economical in their approach to achieving electronic patient
records systems.



Jon Newlyn, Business Development Manager at Attachmate said, "Of course, no
one is denying that vast NHS technological innovation comes at a price.
However, to totally re-engineer an IT infrastructure to deliver electronic
patient records systems demands a huge, unnecessary investment. Any IT
manager from an NHS hospital trust must see that to incrementally move
towards an integrated business suite is the only way to deliver greater
efficiency, better service for the patients and compelling cost-savings
within the timeframe dictated by the government."



Contact details:


Anna Joanes
Attachmate
Tel: 0118 912 4000
E-mail: annajo@attachmate.com;
Internet: http://www.attachmate.co.uk



James Russell/Aurélie Leonard
Éclat Marketing
Tel: 0118 989 5600
Email: james@eclat.co.uk
aurelie@eclat.co.uk
Internet: http://www.eclat.co.uk



About Attachmate


Attachmate accelerates the advantages of e-Business through the seamless web
service integration of enterprise Back-Office information. For 20 years,
Attachmate has solved business problems for 10 million users worldwide. With
80 offices in 30 countries, Attachmate's global infrastructure provides
products, consulting services, support and strategic partnerships worldwide.
For more information about Attachmate® solutions, contact Attachmate UK
headquarters in Wokingham, Berkshire, at either (0118) 912 4000 or http://www.attachmate.co.uk http://www.attachmate.com .



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