Feeds

Schlumberger Sema: UK eHealth market poised for substantial growth

National Programme for IT

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

SchlumbergerSema has been awarded a five-year contract estimated to be worth over £64 million, by the UK Department of Health. The project will boost the eHealth market in the UK by ensuring that physicians use the Internet in their daily work.

SchlumbergerSema, the IT Services Division of Schlumberger, will design, develop, and manage the groundbreaking national electronic bookings service for the National Health Service (NHS). The contract is the first to be awarded as part of the National Programme for IT for the NHS.

The first phase of the programme is expected to be in place by summer 2004 and will provide general practitioners with online access to hospital and consultant appointment resources. Electronic booking will mean that during physician visits patients will be able to choose which hospital they would like to attend at a date and time to suit them, thus increasing the likelihood of patients keeping appointments and reducing costs. The service will also take away the patient's uncertainty and anxiety over waiting to be sent an appointment in the post.

Datamonitor research shows that while 83 per cent of physicians are already using the Internet for their work, many physicians are using the Internet infrequently, with around half using it for only one or two hours a week. The electronic booking system will encourage use of the Internet during consultations with patients and, in turn, will raise awareness of the Internet as a health resource among patients.

The awarding of the contract to SchlumbergerSema is the first significant step in the deployment of the National Programme for IT that will transform the existing healthcare system and drive the adoption of other eHealth services. A system of electronic prescribing has already undergone trials and is due to be launched nationwide in 2004, and plans are in place to develop electronic patient records. It is thought that these developments will lead to further use of eHealth services such as physician practice websites and improvements to online resources for both patients and physicians.

© Datamonitor

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple ran off to IBM
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.