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Derby Hospitals NHS Trust purchases PathoSys®

Advanced Expert Systems Ltd is pleased to announce that Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has procured the PathoSys® system as part of its £14.9m, eight-year managed service contract with iSoft to upgrade IT systems, in advance of the NHS National Programme for IT. The trust placed the contract to ensure that it would have an electronic system in place when it opened the new City General Hospital.

PathoSys® was installed in and is now available at the pathology laboratory in the newly developed super hospital on the Derby City General Hospital site. Staff training and interface development for the Legacy CILMS system is now complete. PathoSys® is in final customer testing and is expected to go live during the summer 2006.

About The Trust

The Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust runs the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, the Derby City General Hospital (incorporating the Derbyshire Children’s Hospital), and the Nightingale Macmillan Continuing Care Unit.

The Trust is a Department of Health rated three-star Acute Trust providing a wide range of services including general medical, surgical, maternity, rehabilitation care and accident and emergency services. The Trust has a total of 1,157 beds and serve a population of over around 600,000 people in and around Southern Derbyshire.

The Trust employs 7,000 staff, from doctors and nurses to housekeepers and porters, with an annual budget of around £271million for the financial year 2005/6. This year the Trust will see and treat 162,000 people as inpatients, outpatients, emergency patients and day cases. This equates to around 638,000 visits from patients during the year.

The Trust is among the first to be awarded NHS Foundation Trust Status. The Trust became an NHS Foundation Trust on 1st July 2004 following approval of the application by the Secretary of State and the Independent Regulator. The Trust previously operated under the name of Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

The New Derby City Hospital

The Trust is currently building a brand new £333million super hospital on the Derby City General Hospital site. The new hospital is due for completion in 2008 and will provide the very latest in modern health care. It will incorporate the existing Derby Medical School, which is run in partnership with the University of Nottingham.

A number of clinics, wards and departments will transfer across to the new hospital building in May 2006, when the first phase of the construction will be completed.

iLaboratory (APEX) interface available

iSoft (with assistance from AES Medical) has finished development & testing of the interface between the AES Medical PathoSys® and iSoft iLaboratory systems. We would like to thank iSoft for their assistance and co-operation throughout this project.

iSoft

iSoft is a successful company with a 65% share of the UK LIS market that amounts to around 150 customers.

iLab

The iSoft iLaboratory (formerly APEX) system is a widely used UK Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). PathoSys® enhances the functionality of iLaboratory by providing electronic cancer dataset reporting as set out by the Royal College of Pathologists.

AES Donates to Macmillan Cancer Relief

The staff at Advanced Expert Systems Ltd have this year chosen to donate to Macmillan cancer relief.

Advanced Expert Systems Ltd encourages its staff to donate to charity instead of purchasing Christmas cards in for each other during the festive period.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care. Cancer affects us all.

Fundraising and Supporters

Macmillan Cancer Support relies on supporters for 99% of its income. Without you Macmillan Cancer Support couldn’t survive

Interfacing: Labcentre interface available

Clinisys (with assistance from AES Medical) has finished development & testing of the interface between the AES Medical PathoSys® and Clinisys Labcentre systems. We would like to thank Clinisys for their assistance and co-operation throughout this project.

Labcentre

The Clinisys Labcentre system (formerly Masterlab produced by Torex Laboratory Systems Ltd) is a widely used UK Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). LabCentre is fully scaleable and proven across the full spectrum of laboratories. PathoSys® enhances the functionality of Labcentre by providing electronic cancer dataset reporting as set out by the Royal College of Pathologists.

PathoSys® first system recognised by The Royal College of Pathologists.

Advanced Expert Systems Ltd’s (AES Medical) PathoSys®, has become the first pathology cancer reporting and information management software system to be recognised by the Royal College of Pathologists.

PathoSys® is used in pathology laboratories for cancer reporting and minimum data set information collection.

The RCPath acknowledged that PathoSys® meets the standards set by the College, and have also licensed AES Medical to use the College’s coat of arms, data sets and guidelines within PathoSys®.

AES Medical PathoSys® is a cancer data collection and information management system that is quick and simple for pathologists to use. It generates reports that are laid out in a consistent and easily read format. PathoSys® collects all the minimum data set information in a highly structured way, enabling very detailed searches and comprehensive data export to organisations such as cancer registries and networks.

AES Medical’s Business Manager, said: “The Royal College’s recognition of PathoSys® is a very important acknowledgement of the hard work and expertise we have put into developing this software. We see it as the beginning of a long and successful relationship with the College and a major step towards our goal of improving cancer data collection and information management.”

Early Failure Detection Centre (Canada)

AES Defence operate Early Failure Detection Centre (Canada) in direct support of the British Army fleet of “Challenger 2” main battle tanks and derivatives, “Warrior” light armoured systems and “AS90” field artillery systems.

Beach Recovery Vehicle

Royal Navy/Royal Marines beach recovery vehicle fleet added to the AES Machine Care Plus® service.

AES donates to Cancer Research UK

The staff at Advanced Expert Systems Ltd have this year chosen to donate to Cancer Research UK.

Advanced Expert Systems Ltd encourages its staff to donate to charity instead of purchasing Christmas cards in for each other during the festive period.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading independent organisation dedicated to cancer research.

Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of more than 3,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.

Fundraising and Supporters

  • Cancer Research UK is almost entirely funded by donations from the public.
  • The charity has a network of around 650 shops and 1,000 local fundraising groups.
  • Over 30,000 volunteers give their time freely to support Cancer Research UK.

Engineer Tank System

AES Machine Care Plus® service supports British Army engineer tank system prototype (“Titan” and “Trojan”) user trials.

Trojan is a unique complex obstacle-crossing vehicle that can plough through minefields, and dig trenches and defensive ditches. Whilst the Titan bridgelayer can lay a bridge over a 26m gap in two minutes.

Both vehicles are based on automotive components of the Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT).

AES Medical wins DTI SMART award

AES Medical has been awarded an exceptional SMART (Small Firms Merit Award for Research and Technology) award from the UK Department of Trade and Industry. A restricted number of Smart Awards are given to innovative technologies in order to establish their feasibility in wider applications. These prestigious awards are granted in recognition of new products or processes which involve a significant technological advance.

The award is for the development of an Intelligent Cancer Reporting Universal System. Exceptional Projects involve technology developments which have higher costs. These projects are likely to generate much wider economic benefits and must have strategic importance for a technology or industrial sector.

PathoSys®

The product to be known as PathoSys® draws upon the experience gained by AES Medical with the Inflammatory Bowel Disease diagnosis project and will provide comprehensive Pathology Cancer Reporting and Information Management capabilities.