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On September 9, 2015

IMS MAXIMS is an EHI Awards finalist for healthcare IT product innovation in recognition of becoming the first healthcare software supplier to launch an open source electronic patient record (EPR) and patient administration system (PAS) with its openMAXIMS solution.

This major move is disrupting the healthcare industry as it enables NHS trusts, free of charge, to download and adapt the code for IMS MAXIMS’ powerful and flexible EPR, PAS and other clinical solutions that have been built in partnership with clinicians across three decades.

The award goes to suppliers demonstrating the most innovative product launched before Friday 8 May 2015, and winners are announced at the flagship awards event on Thursday 1 October 2015 in London.

Leesa Ewing, director of business development for IMS MAXIMS, welcomed being shortlisted for the award. “This is recognition of the role open source can play in providing another option for healthcare organisations that are looking to use technology to deliver better, safer care, but are faced with significant financial constraints. Beverley Bryant and NHS England are playing an active part in encouraging open source across the NHS, and we are keen to build on successes to date.”

Building on the vast experience from supporting over 180 healthcare organisations in reducing errors and improving patient outcomes, IMS MAXIMS’ open source software offers a flexible option to access proven and safe technology.

The technology is currently being deployed at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Ramsay Healthcare, whilst Wye Valley NHS Trust recently signed a five year service agreement to implement the software to help the organisation become paperless by 2018.

It has fostered an active community of users dedicated to sharing best practice and working together in developing the software to meet the challenges facing NHS organisations.

In December 2014 three NHS trusts formally agreed to form the openMAXIMS Community Interest Company (CIC) social enterprise to develop the software and encourage further clinical engagement with IMS MAXIMS products.

To guide the development of an open source EPR system for the NHS, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust officially agreed in December 2014 to form the openMAXIMS community interest company (CIC).

These three trusts are custodians of the openMAXIMS code via the CIC, which aims to give like-minded organisations and clinicians more say in the development of the EPR, and encourage greater collaboration. There is also a significant opportunity for trusts to develop new functionality that can be shared across other NHS organisations.

Other finalists include Best Beginnings, Big White Wall, Bloomsbury Health Ltd, Nugensis and ICNet International in partnership with St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

The EHI Awards are open to any healthcare IT organisation of any size based in the UK. Every year, the awards are presented to those who best promote clinical involvement in IT, best use of healthcare technology and general contribution to the healthcare IT industry.

For more information on the awards, please visit:

  • EHI Awards, healthcare IT product innovation, NHS England, Open source, openmaxims


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