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Northgate chosen to provide enhancements for HES Service

Northgate Information Solutions today announced that is enhancing the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) website under its contract with The Information Centre of the NHS.

HES is the national statistical data warehouse for England, containing information over a range of topics, including operations and diagnoses, on the care provided to patients treated in NHS hospitals.

Northgate’s development is set to provide a range of interactive content for the website, which will provide users with easier, faster and more convenient access to HES data specific to their area of interest.

Other advantages include:

­ - Improved feedback to data providers, enabling more effective monitoring of data quality and correction of errors;

­ - Intelligent monitoring of requests submitted to the website, leading to improvements in content that is tailored to users’ needs.

As part of the enhancement, Northgate is also developing links to external datasets such as the ONS deaths registrations, which would provide users with a consistent view of mortality across the NHS. With improved access to statistics such as these, the medical profession of today can be helped in the development of new treatments and the outcomes of current treatments.

Dave Meaden, Managing Director of Northgate Public Services, said today:

“We are delighted to be continuing our work with The Information Centre, enabling them to promote this valuable information through the intelligent use of technology.”

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For further information:

Fellows’ Associates:

Kathy Sutton
Tel(s): 020 7849 3403 / 07966 890401

Naomi Stevenson
Tel(s): 020 7849 3508 / 07966 890403

Notes to editors:

1. Northgate Information Solutions is a leading provider of innovative technology solutions to the public services and utilities markets. Northgate’s task is to enhance public value through the intelligent use of people and technology, and to share in the economic and social benefits that this brings.

2. In the UK, Northgate works with four out of five local authorities and every police force. Its systems are used in the management of over 1.5 million local authority and housing association properties; in the administration of more than £17 billion of revenues and benefits; and in electoral administration systems covering over 18 million people. Founded in 1969, the company has over 3,300 employees.

3. Northgate works with the Department of Health, the Healthcare Commission and a number of local health trusts, helping them to review and improve their performance.

4. The Hospital Episode Statistics website www.HESonline.nhs.uk has been operational since April 2005. It is a valuable resource for customers and providers of HES data alike, attracting an average of 750 visitors from across the globe per day.