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Company history

IMS MAXIMS was founded in 1986 and serves the public and independent healthcare sectors throughout the UK and Ireland.

The company has grown through a mixture of organic expansion and acquisition, including the acquisition of five UK patient administration system (PAS) clients and software in 1995. This was followed by the acquisition of a number of Irish PAS and radiology clients and software in 1996.

Since 2007, IMS MAXIMS has been evolving the web-based IMS MAXIMS Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system, a suite of clinical IT solutions and administrative applications suitable for any clinical specialism and for organisations ranging from large hospitals to small specialist clinics.

In December 2011, IMS MAXIMS went through an internal restructure, laying the foundations for future growth. This decision ensured the company could develop its medium and long-term strategy to expand its portfolio of products and services and establish a global presence.

In May 2012, IMS MAXIMS announced that it will develop ‘Da Vinci‘, a cloud-based electronic health record system (EHR) for patients that will be supplemented by a number of mobile apps. The EHR, which will be stored securely in a cloud of the patient’s choice as well as in the hospital’s own systems, will interact with and be driven by apps accessed on tablets and developed by third parties that will collect specific information on the patient, such as a patient’s medical history and vital signs.

In August 2013, IMS MAXIMS announced that it was considering making its PAS and EPR open source and available to NHS trusts – a major strategic move for both the company and the healthcare industry. The company’s commitment to making its suite of products open source was confirmed in March 2014 as Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust announced that it had selected IMS MAXIMS to supply its EPR.

IMS MAXIMS was named as the only EPR and PAS open source supplier in NHS England’s technology fund two (officially called the Integrated Digital Care Fund) ‘catalogue’ of services, launched in May 2014. The following month IMS MAXIMS released the open source code for its full MAXIMS suite including its EPR and PAS, free of charge to the NHS – marking a substantial step in providing NHS organisations with the opportunity to access software and tailor it to the needs of clinicians and other healthcare professionals.

In December 2014, the openMAXIMS CIC was formed by three NHS trusts and in the following January, Ramsay Healthcare UK, one of the leading providers of independent hospital services in England, signed a 10-year contract with IMS MAXIMS to provide its openMAXIMS EPR and PAS systems and clinical modules to improve patient satisfaction and outcomes.

Support services for the openMAXIMS solution was made more accessible and easier to purchase as IMS MAXIMS was appointed as a supplier on the NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) framework and the UK Government’s new G-Cloud 6 marketplace in March 2015. In May 2015 IMS MAXIMS was named by NHS England as a Code4Health Accredited provider for its openMAXIMS solution and recognised as the only industrial-strength open source EPR available for the Code4Health initiative. In October 2015, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has become the first NHS hospital in the UK to go live with an open source EPR in a landmark move to help staff deliver better patient care through improved access to information across its 600-bed Musgrove Park Hospital.

June 2014 was an important month in IMS MAXIMS history, as the company announced the release of the open source code for its full MAXIMS suite including its electronic patient record (EPR) and patient administration system (PAS) free of charge to the NHS. openMAXIMS, which can be downloaded from GitHub, marked a substantial step in providing NHS organisations with the opportunity to access software and tailor it to the needs of healthcare professionals resulting in greater acceptance, usability, and potentially patient outcomes. The decision to take the product suite open source came at a time when NHS England was advising trusts looking for an EPR to evaluate an open source option, which is considered to be flexible, potentially less costly, and minimising supplier lock-in.

IMS MAXIMS helps healthcare organisations achieve:

  • efficiency throughout the care setting
  • improved patient safety
  • greater effectiveness in the delivery of care
  • high quality record keeping
  • lower costs in care delivery
  • reduced risk of litigation
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