Leeds software specialist unveils connected healthcare technology vision

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Leeds software specialist unveils connected healthcare technology vision
Andy Thorburn, EMIS Group CEO

Leeds-based healthcare software provider EMIS Group has unveiled plans for the next generation of connected healthcare technology.

EMIS-X, a new cloud-based solution that seamlessly links different healthcare teams and systems, is at the centre of a suite of innovations from the company, which serves healthcare professionals in over 10,000 UK organisations.

The next-gen software will upgrade and extend EMIS Web, the clinical system used by 56% of GPs, to meet the current and future needs of customers and end users including patients, clinicians and the NHS.

Built on a cloud platform, EMIS-X is a new ecosystem that fully supports NHS Digital’s interoperability standards but goes significantly further by allowing applications to selectively share live data through cross application working.

Its modular design will enable EMIS Web users to transition seamlessly to the new platform. The company’s new Group chief technology officer Pete Malcolm is leading its development.

EMIS Group CEO Andy Thorburn said: “EMIS-X is massively scalable and provides unprecedented levels of protection for patient data, including strong encryption of sensitive data.

“It is designed as a portfolio of foundation services upon which clinical applications can be developed, both by EMIS Group and partners.

“This will also allow new solution providers with interesting technologies such as artificial intelligence to overcome the traditional barriers to market entry by leveraging the interoperability at the heart of our new architecture.

“We see millions of hours currently spent by patients and staff in repeating information at each stage of the patient’s healthcare journey being eliminated and the management of medicines in pharmacy being revolutionised by better insight and more efficient services delivered through EMIS-X.”

Among the new features for EMIS-X is federated appointments, which will enable clinicians to instantly search for providers of an investigation service such as an MRI scan and allow them to immediately book the earliest appointment, nearest to the patient’s location. They’ll then be able to provide patients with the appointment details by text, email or print-out.