Leeds Teaching Hospitals unifies IT infrastructure to reduce costs and improve patient care

Leeds Teaching Hospitals, one of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK with over 14,000 staff, is to simplify its IT infrastructure onto a single platform, saving costs on IT hardware, simplifying IT management and enabling them to deliver better patient care.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals, one of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK with over 14,000 staff, is to simplify its IT infrastructure onto a single platform, saving costs on IT hardware, simplifying IT management and enabling them to deliver better patient care.

The project, to be designed and implemented by Insight Direct, subcontracting to Yorkshire based IT Services Provider, Esteem Systems, will allow applications to be delivered from a single platform, centralising the IT administration.

This approach will make patient and clinical data more readily available to clinicians across Leeds Teaching Hospitals and at other Trusts, allowing clinicians to access patient data from multiple locations and removing the traditional information barriers when patients need to be treated elsewhere.

The Trust has an existing dispersed infrastructure, which is unable to authenticate critical clinical applications, meaning sharing patient data between different departments is problematic. Being able to deliver these applications through the new infrastructure will save time and money for each of the individual departments in the Trust.

Eileen Jessop, Deputy Director of Informatics for Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said: “Reducing the requirement for hardware in the new unified infrastructure and simplifying the management of the technology will lead to a significant cost saving for us.”

The Trust treats over a million patients every year at two of the country’s largest teaching hospitals - Leeds General Infirmary and St. James’s University Hospital, as well as at four smaller sites in the city - Chapel Allerton Hospital, Leeds Dental Institute, Seacroft Hospital, and Wharfedale Hospital.

Alastair Kitching, Sales and Marketing Director for Esteem, said: “This is one of a number of projects being undertaken by Esteem, where NHS Trusts are investing in their IT infrastructure to improve access to clinical systems, which will ultimately improve patient care.”

The technologies to be implemented for the Trust are Microsoft Active Directory (AD) and System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012, which will centralise the Trust’s IT infrastructure and provide an integrated approach to managing and delivering applications via a single platform.

Article published: 11/05/2012

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