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Simpl scores big with UK national health service deal

New Zealand-owned IT firm Simpl has notched up a big win in the global health market, securing a multi-million dollar contract with the National Health Service in the UK.

New Zealand-owned IT firm Simpl has notched up a big win in the global health market, securing a multi-million dollar contract with the National Health Service in the UK.

Simpl will provide the NHS’ Torbay Care Trust with a Single Community Care Record (SCCR) solution, giving office and remote offline access to patient details.

It is a first for the UK and builds on several years of healthcare-related research and development by Simpl.

“The SCCR addresses a problem government agencies around the world are trying to solve, with the drive to enable healthcare and related services to be effectively and efficiently coordinated across multiple providers," said Verdon Kelliher, Simpl chief executive.

He said this would improve information sharing and management across disciplines and between community service providers.

Staff working in the community, such as district nurses and therapists, would benefit the most as they would not need to return to an office to complete tasks like booking followup appointments.

“We also hope that this will bring us further opportunities to share valuable experience from the UK and elsewhere within the New Zealand environment.”

Torbay Care Trust has more than 1300 staff and is responsible for providing a full range of health and adult social care services in the southwest.

“It has been clear to us for some time that we needed to employ more innovative and more integrated technology to support our frontline staff, and enable them to deliver the safest and most effective care to their clients and patients,” said Mandy Seymour, chief operating officer for Torbay Care Trust.

“The new Single Community Care Record will make it possible for these staff to view, update, and monitor records whilst they are out in the community, something which can currently only be done from an office environment.

"This has enormous benefits in terms of maximising staff time with patients and clients, providing them access to the most up-to-date information about a person’s care and needs, and removing unnecessary travelling.”

After its deployment, Simpl will continue to work with the Torbay Care Trust under an initial five-year contract.