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OMNI-Lab Newborn Screening management software now compatible with HL7 V3 + SNOMED CT coding

Sub-headline: With the NHS Connecting For Health programme having begun adopting the HL7 V3 messaging standard, Integrated Software Solutions has worked quickly with leading UK healthcare providers, including Birmingham Children’s Hospital, to ensure that messaging generated by its OMNI-Lab Newborn Screening management software will interact fully with the NHS spine, part of the NHS Care Records Service.

Starts: Winchester, October 12th 2010 – Integrated Software Solutions Ltd, the specialist laboratory management software developer, today confirms that its OMNI-Lab Newborn Screening management software now meets the requirements of version 3 of the HL7 healthcare messaging standard which, in conjunction with SNOMED CT coding, is set to become the norm for electronic messaging systems in the NHS.

Alex Anderson, Managing Director of International Software Solutions Ltd, explains: “The UK Newborn Screening Committee and the NHS Connecting for Health recently released version 1 specification for Newborn Bloodspot Messaging based on HL7 v3. Although traditionally an HL7 V2.x-based organisation, we wanted to ensure that we were compliant with the national standard and the requirements of such leading providers as Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH). OMNI-Lab Newborn Screening now has the ability to be a spine-compliant outbound messaging system. SNOMED codes have been added to the Newborn Screening result codes for the newborn screening programme at BCH and those are being output within messages exchanged by the hospital and the Child Health Authorities.”

Russell Denmeade, Chief Biomedical Scientist/Computer Applications Manager at BCH, commented: “We have been using FTP for messaging between BCH and Child Health for a number of years. However, two of the Child Health Authorities were moving over to a different system called TPP SystmOne. Those authorities specified that they required the new result messaging to use not FTP but HL7, with SNOMED CT encoding, so that it would be spine compliant. At fairly short notice, Alex Anderson and his team at Integrated Software Solutions, working with people from TPP, got the new messaging format up and running within just a few weeks. This allowed the project to be completed quickly enough to prevent it being put back; it was a pretty timely piece of work by Alex and his team.”


Integrated Software Solutions Press Contact:

Alex Anderson
Tel: 01962 844060

About Integrated Software Solutions

Integrated Software Solutions provides sophisticated Laboratory and Radiology Information Systems that allow healthcare organisations to leverage quality patient care in their diagnostic services. ISS provides flexible, real world solutions which increase productivity and are cost effective. The products are supported 24 x 7 from a dedicated, highly specialised team of people based in Winchester, UK and Sydney, Australia. For more information about ISS visit

About Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the general children's hospital for Birmingham, and a regional, national and international centre for specialised treatments. It also provides one of the largest Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the UK. There are at any one time over 220 paediatric beds, as well as several thousand outpatients being given appointments in any one month. The Trust is also the region's leading provider of paediatric healthcare education, both for medical and nursing professions, and is a centre for the West Midlands Research Network (WMRCN), leading research into children's medicines. A major new centre for paediatric research, the Wellcome Clinical Research Facility, opened on site in 2008.