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On March 23, 2012

IMS MAXIMS attended the 2012 National Healthcare Conference in Dublin this week. The conference, which was opened by a passionate address by the Health Minister, James Reilly followed the theme that health delivery in Ireland going forward would need to be more centred around the patient.

The minister also took the opportunity to announce the launch of a National Quality Improvement Programme in Ireland, which received support from delegates across the board.

The minister also referenced the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF -the strategy to reduce long term waiting lists). IMS MAXIMS have been pivotal in providing an end-to-end solution for tracking and managing patient cases from the initial referral to the discharge and payment of treatment.

The minister said that in the future the role of the NTPF would change and IMS MAXIMS will continue to provide support and be involved with the work.

The event also focused on improving the quality of delivery and improving patient outcomes. Martin Connor, advisor to Ireland’s Special Delivery Unit, suggested that only by understanding the current position, can we improve and move forward. In addition, evidence was put forward by Dr Francis Elliott, chief executive of the NHS Quality Improvement Board on how quality improvements are making real differences to patient outcomes in Scotland.

Fergus Clancy, chief executive of Mater Private Healthcare gave an interesting presentation looking back over the previous five years and demonstrated in a series of photographs how much Ireland had changed since 2007. He also reminded the audience of the importance of the Independent Hospitals in Ireland, which provides 22 well equipped hospitals, 2700 acute beds and 8000 staff. He left the audience with his ‘Olympic challenge’ of ensuring the key collaboration between public and private hospitals.

Another recurring theme through the conference, from all the speakers was one of enthusiasm to change and indeed openness to change the way healthcare is delivered in Ireland, not least with Universal Health Insurance. One speaker commented that it was a ‘no brainer’. Martin Connor remarked that….” we need to make it easier to do the right thing”.

Shane Tickell, CEO IMS MAXIMS said: “The conference was useful in reinforcing the clear focus on delivering healthcare centered wholly around the patient. This is a theme that IMS MAXIMS is strongly aligned with and we will support the minister is driving this agenda forward as it mirrors the ethos of the IMS application suite in providing better, safer patient care.”

Media contact:
Sarah Bruce, Highland Marketing
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IMS MAXIMS is an electronic patient record provider working towards better, safer patient care. Specialists in developing clinical and administrative software solutions, IMS MAXIMS currently supports more than 150 organisations, 1.9 million patient records in Ireland and 8 million patient records in the UK, as well as 10,000 users of IMS MAXIMS products., email or call UK +44 1908 588 800, Ireland +353 (0) 1 284 0555

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