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On December 3, 2011

IMS MAXIMS has submitted its responses to the joint plan published by the Department of Health’s Informatics Directorate and techUK that aims to foster a healthy and vibrant healthcare IT market.

The consultation, which opened in November, received more than 40 responses from the supplier industry. It called upon the NHS and IT supplier community to provide feedback on what could be done to “foster the right conditions to enable a healthy and vibrant healthcare IT market within England” in light of the changes to the National Programme for IT.

The joint plan aims to demonstrate how this can be achieved through a partnership between the NHS informatics “customer” community and the IT “supplier” community.

IMS MAXIMS issued the following response:

IMS MAXIMS fully supports the initiatives set out in the joint plan. We welcome this joint initiative between the DH and techUK to work together (as the NHS and suppliers) to define the future of health informatics. For too long suppliers have been left out in the cold and this has led to a stifling of innovative NHS IT over the past 10 years.

We view this as an initial plan of work and fully support the first joint initiatives to improve information sharing for the benefit of patients, interoperability standards for the benefit of the NHS and the painstakingly slow and laborious procurement process that is often biased against innovative SMEs.

However, there is one key element that is missing from the draft plan and that is, that if this is meant to truly be a joint initiative, then it should not be owned solely by the DH with tech UK members only having responsibilities for delivery. It needs to be a true partnership in order for both sides to see benefits and create a healthy and vibrant IT market.

We fully support the initial set of subject workstreams and would be keen to contribute further to the plan.

Media contact:
Chris Marsom
Highland Marketing on behalf of IMS MAXIMS
Phone: +44 (0) 1877 332719 / Mobile: +44 (0) 7788 393985
chrism@highland-marketing.com

About IMS MAXIMS
IMS MAXIMS is a pioneering clinical technology specialist committed to improving the coordination of patient care in healthcare environments. Its expert team works in partnership with healthcare organisations to identify and deliver tailored, sustainable information sharing technology solutions supporting the provision of safer and more efficient care for current and future generations.

The organisation’s 29-year history of collaborating with clinicians has resulted in the development of proven, flexible, user-friendly, safe and interoperable open source electronic patient record software.

With an ambition to meet today’s healthcare challenges, IMS MAXIMS makes its software freely available and offers flexible options to support healthcare providers with implementation and maintenance. Its open technology has increased collaboration in the development of the software which has resulted in better clinical engagement and empowerment across hospital wards and departments.

Deployment times are fast, meaning clinicians and patients can benefit from efficiency and safety improvements in rapid time. It is used across 180 healthcare organisations and by 30,000 users each day to provide clinically-led technology solutions for over 13 million patients.

Find out more about IMS MAXIMS’ open source solutions at: http://www.imsmaxims.com/opensource Follow IMS MAXIMS on Twitter

  • By Natalie Chishick   
  • Department of Health, healthcare, IT, NHS

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