CSC Drives the Completion of the National Prison Health IT Program, Supporting Better Healthcare in All 136 English Prisons
News Release -- May 09, 2011
FALLS CHURCH, Va., May 9 - CSC (NYSE: CSC) announced today that the final prison in England has gone live with its prison healthcare solution. This completes the national rollout to 136 prisons and provides healthcare professionals with access to a single electronic record for each offender.
The solution, implemented by CSC and based on SystmOne clinical software developed by TPP, allows offender healthcare records to be kept up to date and ensures that healthcare needs are met with the most appropriate and timely treatments. This technology is particularly vital given the transitory nature of the prison population and its complex healthcare requirements.
With more than 400,000 movements of offenders between prisons each year, healthcare teams will no longer need to rely on time consuming paper-based processes or expect legacy computer systems, which may not be compatible across the prison estate, to communicate with one another. The solution supports a seamless process of care and stores electronic records centrally so that healthcare professionals can, almost instantly, follow an offender through the prison system. By providing access to better information, it also reduces the risk of poor clinical decisions and saves substantial amounts of clerical time.
The prison solution was first tested by early adopters in 2006, with subsequent deployments across the north, midlands and east of England, where CSC acts as the local service provider for NHS Connecting for Health (NHS CfH). It was the success of the solution — already giving healthcare professionals, whether in a GP surgery, a hospice, or community healthcare facility access to a single, shared electronic healthcare record — that prompted the prison service and the Department of Health to adopt it across the whole of England. The national roll out began in earnest in 2009, completing in March 2011.
The scale and pace of the program has been made possible through the successful collaboration between CSC, NHS CfH, the offender health team at the Department of Health, SHAs, PCTs, the National Offender Management Service and TPP. CSC’s proven deployment approach enabled the rapid delivery of the solution across the full English prison estate, ensuring benefits could be realized quickly by healthcare teams and delivering the program in line with expectations.
“This program underlines how multiple stakeholders can work successfully together to deliver solutions on a national basis,” said Andrew Spence, CSC director of UK healthcare strategy. “It is encouraging that the prison service across the whole of England viewed our solution as the most efficient and effective way to meet their healthcare requirements. This work is an example of how CSC is transforming healthcare with better information for better decisions — helping to save lives and money.”
“Healthcare staff tell us that the national clinical IT system is making a real difference to their efforts to provide better and safer care for prisoners, who have some of the most serious and complex healthcare needs in society,” said Sue Hughes, prison health IT program manager at NHS CfH. “It was important for us to implement the system quickly, and this could not have happened without the highly effective implementation approach and the close and collaborative working arrangements between ourselves and the many parties involved, including CSC and software supplier TPP.”
“TPP is delighted that the roll out of SystmOne to all prisons has been completed,” said Drew Littler, TPP director. “A huge amount of work goes into researching, developing and implementing SystmOne for each individual site, with the result that all prisons are now benefiting from our product.”
CSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled solutions and services through three primary lines of business. These include Business Solutions and Services, the Managed Services Sector and the North American Public Sector. CSC’s advanced capabilities include system design and integration, information technology and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting, mission support and management consulting. The company has been recognized as a leader in the industry, including being named by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies for Information Technology Services (2010). Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 93,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.2 billion for the 12 months ended December 31, 2010. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.dxc.technology.