A resumption in the procurement process for new ways of electronic patient management in Britain means New Zealand health software vendor i-health is back on track with plans to put forward its electronic health record products, director Brian Allen says.
“We were to be working on it in the second half of last year, but the NHS [National Health Service] froze its budgets while new procurement procedures were put in place,” says Allen. “But the money has been granted for the new financial year, starting April 1.”
I-health’s Community View, one of four variants of its web-based software that draws out data from other healthcare applications, is being trialled by seven GPs in the Wirral NHS administrative region and is to be adopted by another 12.
Allen says that puts i-health in a good position to bid to have Community View accepted, under the new procurement process, as the health record software of choice for Wirral.
I-health also recently signed a distribution deal with WWA Sysmed, a pathology application provider, under which two modules of i-health’s EPR (electronic patient record) software will be bundled with WWA Sysmed’s laboratory information management system. I-health’s software comes in four views, the clinician, patient, community and organisation.