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McKesson is Fujitsu’s Child Health Provider of Choice

CarePlus Child Health system chosen by the southern LSP and selected first by Avon Gloucester Wiltshire SHA

July 02, 2007

Healthcare IT systems specialists, McKesson, has announced it has been selected by the National Programme for IT’s (NPfIT) southern region Local Service Provider (LSP), Fujitsu Services, as its provider of choice for monitoring Child Health. McKesson’s CarePlus Child Health solution has been selected by Fujitsu to assist in connecting Child Health to the NPfIT objectives ahead of alternate systems from other suppliers which are currently not ready for deployment.

Commenting on the selection, Andy Hall, Business Development Director at Fujitsu said, “Fujitsu turned to McKesson over alternative NPfIT suppliers as they are an established healthcare supplier with a proven track record. Over many years McKesson has consistently delivered systems that work on time and on budget that meet the needs of medical professionals and patients alike.”

CarePlus Child Health is a web-based Medical Information product that provides a full tool-kit of facilities to control the Child Health program within a single Trust over a number of Trusts or Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs). The system can stand-alone or integrate seamlessly with other CarePlus Primary Care products.

The system from McKesson is a modular solution with each component supporting a different aspect of the Child Health service. The core modules are registration, which controls the entry of children into the system, and the Immunisation module, which ensures that children are invited for their correct immunisations at the most efficacious time, to their local PCT. Other modules can track children through their pre-school and school health careers, or support special groups such as Child Protection and Sure Start.

Commenting on Fujitsu’s selection, Simon Manley, Sales and Marketing Director at McKesson, says, “The provision of child health is complex – while 20 years ago the focus was simply upon scheduling immunisation; today’s child health providers require more proactive support. Having our CarePlus Child Health system available to all southern SHAs and Trusts will allow the provision of Child Health to become more efficient and effective through streamlined, shared processes.

The partnership with Fujitsu allows for McKesson’s CarePlus Child Health solution to be available to all strategic health authorities within the south. Avon, Gloucester, Wiltshire (AGW) has been the first SHA to request the system, signing a three year contract for the provision of CarePlus Child Health to a group of Primary Care Trusts within the region. The new system will combine the six existing child health databases over five PCTs, and replaced them with a single integrated database to which all trusts will have access and user rights.

Cathy Brown, Programme Manager for AGW, comments, “The implementation of the CarePlus Child Health system will result in huge benefits to how we can standardise best practice. With one shared database, electronic record transfer between organisations within AGW is possible, improving data quality, record tracking and reducing clinical risk and administration time. The opportunity to provide electronic immunisation records to the CDSC will also result in improved efficiency and earlier identification of any potential issues.

Cathy continues, “Deployment of the system to multiple locations will enable remote working opportunities, including access from schools, GP Surgeries, children’s centres and secondary care providers. This function helps all parties involved to assist in supporting the Every Child Matters Government initiative through information sharing and early identification of vulnerable children”.

Simon Manley explains, “Complex scheduling is now a central part of any child health system. There is a growing requirement to monitor every child’s progress, taking into account a range of environmental, social and health factors – from weight to educational progression. CarePlus is designed to capture the small percentage of children failing to develop as expected and to provide social, educational and health providers with the information required to deliver appropriate support. This creation of a detailed, centralised information repository about a child and its family, from birth, enables key trend monitoring at both a local and national level. With CarePlus all modules integrate seamlessly with each other, with data flowing freely between, to create a flexible, upgradeable system.

The System Manager has full control of passwords and menus making them able to configure certain screens and control reference files so the system meets the specific needs of each Trust. A full overview of current status allows improved clinical decision making as well as providing a configurable set of rules by which Trusts can define their own schedules.

Simon concludes, “The CarePlus Child Health system will improve the quality and convenience of care by ensuring that the right information is available to the right people at the right time. Clinicians will benefit from being able to access patient information wherever it is needed and analyse the data collected to identify trends. The CarePlus system will enable all departments to work effectively to support the NHS CFH programme’s objectives and deliver a solution that supports both current and emerging child health requirements allowing the NHS to plan better for the future.

About McKesson

Over 90% of NHS Trusts use McKesson's IT services or productsMcKesson Corporation is the world's largest healthcare services company and provides information technology, health services, pharmaceuticals, and disease management solutions to support healthcare delivery in a number of countries. Everyday thousands of healthcare organisations, including 5,000 hospitals, 35,000 physician/GP practices and 25,000 retail pharmacies, use McKesson supply management and information solutions to reduce costs and improve the quality and safety of their patient care services. In the UK, McKesson is committed to supporting its customers in transforming their delivery of healthcare services through the use of information and technology; empowering them to deliver, maintain and track high levels of care. McKesson is the Prime Contractor for the NHS Electronic Staff Record, implementing an integrated HR and Payroll system for 1.2 million NHS staff in England and Wales.McKesson UK’s IT services support virtually every aspect of healthcare, including patient administration, clinical services, business services, HR and Payroll. All of this is underpinned by a full suite of outsourcing and managed services, ranging from full on-site service delivery to remote facilities management of hardware from one of its data centres. The UK company employs over 600 staff delivering services to nearly every NHS Trust and SHA as well as a number of other public and private sector organisations.

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Date: 02 July, 2007