by integrating its existing best–of-breed applications to maximise its investment in systems and skills
Plymouth ICT Shared Services is replacing its current integration platform with new rapid integration software – InterSystems Ensemble. This will enable the Plymouth healthcare community to integrate its best-of-breed legacy clinical applications with the data-centre-hosted suite of applications provided by Connecting for Health.
Nick Thomas, Director of ICT at Plymouth, said, “This investment will enable the community to fully embrace the central integrated solutions provided by the National Programme for IT, while maintaining and enhancing the benefits to clinicians delivered by our local best-of-breed applications.”
The Plymouth ICT Shared Services team supports over 15,000 users across 1 large acute Trust, 1 teaching primary care Trust and over 50 GP surgeries in the area. These users provide healthcare to the over half a million people of Plymouth and its surrounding area. The Trust will use InterSystems’ rapid integration software, Ensemble, to ‘tie together’ its existing best-of-breed applications within its numerous sites. Ensemble is highly performant, easy to use, and simple to customise, which means that less time will be spent on maintenance, training and tailoring IT systems.
As an additional benefit, Ensemble supports popular object-oriented development environments, including Microsoft .Net. This means that Ensemble closely fits the tools already in use by the Shared Services team, which will enable it to maximise its existing investment in development skills by implementing a Trust-wide solution.
“InterSystems Ensemble will enable us to work more efficiently to deliver robust, scaleable, maintainable and cost effective integration solutions to our stakeholders,” said Andy Blofield, Head of Technology at Plymouth ICT Shared Services. “In addition to providing an improved service, by streamlining the development and management processes of our integration architecture, we will have an IT system that’s flexible and scalable enough to support the community in the long-term, while still allowing us to use the most appropriate systems for our needs.”
“We are thrilled to be involved in the ICT Shared Services’ initiative to improve the provision of care in the Plymouth community,” said Duncan Allen, Sales Manager at InterSystems. “The team already had a relationship with InterSystems through our Caché post-relational database, which has been used in Plymouth Trust’s pathology systems for a number of years. We are delighted that we can share with the Trust the benefits of our experience and proven track-record in supporting industry-leading healthcare solutions, including many of the largest electronic health record systems worldwide.”
In the future, Plymouth ICT Shared Services is planning to use InterSystems Ensemble to populate, from the remote National data centre in real-time, a new local business data warehouse. Ensemble will also help the team facilitate its vision of a move towards Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). The flexibility and scalability of Ensemble will enable the community to communicate and integrate with the Connecting for Health programme as the national services are delivered.
InterSystems Ensemble was launched in November 2003, and its customer base now includes a number of UK and international organisations, including Barts and The London NHS Trust, several of the UK Cancer Registries, OmPrompt, Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, Partners Healthcare and The Netherlands National ICT Institute for Healthcare (NICTIZ).
Editor's Detailszoe Davies
Last updated on: 27/08/2010