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24th August 2011: The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has signed an agreement with IT Solutions company, Kainos, to use Microsoft’s Vergence™ single sign-on (SSO) and context management solution. The solution, which will be implemented and managed by Kainos , is being rolled out across the Trust. It will provide staff with controlled access to Kainos’s flagship EDM solution, Evolve®, which will reduce clinical risk and save valuable time for health professionals.

Vergence helps to reduce the time taken to sign on and off a workstation shared with other healthcare professionals, to only a few seconds. When logged on, Vergence enables clinicians to select the patient of interest from any system to synchronise all relevant applications just once. This ability to automatically share context between applications is critical within the health sector as it minimises the risk of mixing data between patients, which improves patient safety.

Neil Turnbull, Head of Programme Delivery in the Information Management and Technology department at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust said: “We wanted to put in place a system that would ensure greater accountability and control over patient data, while simultaneously alleviating the administrative burden on our staff. It was crucial that the solution could sit within our existing system, and also offer full functionality from day one. Vergence was the only product that came close as a single solution, and by working with Kainos we were confident that the solution would work well with Evolve, a solution that since its deployment has become very popular with our staff.”

The application encourages users to log in using individual credentials rather than shared, enabling the hospital to monitor and control access to patient data. It will also allow the Trust to report more accurately on procedural culpability, ensuring staff are protected against the misuse of login details.

The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust opted to procure Vergence as it was the only solution that offered SSO alongside context management in one complete solution. Having been impressed with an earlier deployment by Kainos, the Trust wanted a programme that could maintain patient context across a wide number of applications, including Evolve.

Deirdre O’Neill, Head of the Evolve Healthcare division at Kainos said: “We have an established relationship with the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, our Evolve launch partner, which goes back a number of years. Ipswich is committed to continually improving its service and wanted a greater level of control over patient data. We have ensured that the solution will integrate with all of the Trusts’ key solutions, to offer a seamless transition that will benefit both the Trust and the public that rely on the service it provides.”

Mark Smith, Health & Life Sciences Director for Microsoft UK stated: “The management and control of data is one of the greatest ongoing challenges in modern healthcare. Hospital staff are required to access a number of different applications in order to treat just one patient, with little margin for error. Vergence single sign-on and context management reduces the risk of confusing different patients in different applications and affords staff greater confidence and time to do what they do best; offering an unrivalled level of care to those in need.”

Implementation of the new solution began in June and will be rolled out over the summer.

About Kainos

Kainos®, the IT consulting company, specialises in the deployment and integration of Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Electronic Document Management (EDM), Workflow and Collaborative technologies.

Headquartered in Belfast with offices in London, Dublin and Gdansk, Kainos was founded in 1986 and employs over 260 consultants. The company’s four business units, Evolve® Healthcare, Causeway Applications Management, ECM Solutions and Systems Integration deliver and support thousands of business applications for hundreds of customers across a diverse range of business areas.

These global and local organisations rely on Kainos’ solutions and services to manage, underpin and improve their businesses and include the NSPCC, Home Office, Department for Transport, Bank of Ireland, Aviva and the Information Commissioners Office. Please see for more.

About Evolve

Evolve® is the flagship solution in Kainos’s comprehensive suite of healthcare solutions, which cost-effectively automate the creation, capture and handling of medical case notes and operational documents and records.

Evolve customers include Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS Foundation Trust.

PR Contact:

Carina Birt, Sarum PR
PR for Kainos
+44 1722 411150

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