The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has chosen BridgeHead Software, the Healthcare Storage Virtualisation company, to provide healthcare data and storage management solutions as it implements plans around improving operational efficiency, cost savings and patient care.
The deployment of BridgeHead Software’s solutions will enable the trust to create an environment that optimises the storage, management and protection of Rotherham’s clinical and administrative data.
“At Rotherham, we have several key IT initiatives in place to drive innovation through technology to create an infrastructure that helps us improve the delivery of patient care. These initiatives include the incorporation of best of breed technologies that will help create operational efficiencies, save cost, deliver ROI, whilst providing a robust, future-proof strategy for our organisation. To achieve this in the ambitious timescales we have set for ourselves, we have found it necessary to work outside of the national programme to find vendors that clearly match our requirements,” comments David Brown, Head of ICT at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.
Mr Brown continues: “Clearly for us and other trusts, data protection, security, management and storage is absolutely critical to underpin our wider IT initiatives. This is why our relationship with BridgeHead Software has become so important. BridgeHead specialises only in the healthcare market, so they are well placed to understand our data, our hospital environment and our industry; and we’re delighted with their progress to date. Over the course of this project, we have been really impressed by the wide range of solutions they offer in backup, disaster recovery and archiving, for both clinical and administrative data. Their knowledge of healthcare and the fact that we have easy access to their key personnel, from senior management through to product support, makes them a hugely valuable partner – plus, as their products are vendor agnostic, integration with existing systems is not an issue.”
The original contract was awarded to BridgeHead Software in October 2009 as support for the implementation of the trust’s new Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system using MEDITECH’s software – the deployment of which was part of Rotherham’s strategic decision to opt for alternative solutions outside the National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
Looking beyond the national programme has also enabled the trust to explore other best of breed solutions to suit their IT requirements. Consequently, Rotherham chose BridgeHead Software for its data and storage management requirements. BridgeHead was selected based on its longstanding relationship with MEDITECH, as well as being noted for helping healthcare organisations to move to a digitised patient record environment, one of Rotherham’s key objectives.
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