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Interfacing: Sunquest ICE Order Communications at RLBUHT

The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust has ordered an interface to allow them to send reports via HL7 (Health Level Seven) from PathoSys® direct to their Sunquest ICE Order Communications system.

Once delivered the interface will allow the ICE system to view PathoSys® pathology reports complete with their original formatting delivering clearer reporting with no loss of quality.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust chooses PathoSys®

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has procured PathoSys® to provide structured cellular pathology reporting linked to the Clinisys Labcentre laboratory system.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust provides services to some 1.3 million people living in Southampton and south Hampshire and is also a major centre for teaching and research in association with the University of Southampton and partners including the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust.

Interfacing: Improved iLab interface testing commences at South Tees

Testing of the improved iSoft iLab interface has commenced at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust .
The improved interface will provide enhanced functionality based on user feedback. AES Medical is working together with iSoft and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation to remotely test the interface prior to on site testing and go live.

Go live: Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with the Pathology Reporting system, PathoSys® that is linked to the CliniSys Winpath Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The Trust provides healthcare to a population of 330,000 in North Merseyside and surrounding areas.

It is also a teaching hospital for the University of Liverpool and a tertiary centre providing specialist services to a much wider population of around 1.5 million in Merseyside, Cheshire , South Lancashire and North Wales. The PathoSys® system at Aintree is hosted on a virtual server linked to a backend SQL Cluster providing resilience and performance.

AES Employee serves with the Territorial Army

AES are proud to support one of their employees serving as a Territorial Army Soldier with the Royal Wessex Yeomanry. All Technical Service Engineers serving with AES have previous Regular Army Service as Engineering Artificers or Artisans. One of them continues to serve on a Part Time basis as a Warrant Officer with A (Dorset Yeomanry) Armour Replacement Squadron.

Unique within the TA, the Squadron is acknowledged as being the British Army’s experts with regard to the delivery of replacement crewmen and Armoured Fighting Vehicles including Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks, AS90 Self Propelled Guns, Warrior, CVR(T) and Panther. In addition, the Regiment has consistently provided Volunteer Reservists for operational service in both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of their Regular Army colleagues.

AES are fully supportive in allowing their staff to meet their TA training commitments (primarily weekends and Wednesday evenings along with a 15 day Annual camp). This training is mutually beneficial, assisting AES engineers in maintaining currency with regard to British Army Armoured Fighting Vehicle operation, policies and doctrine.

Find out more about the Royal Wessex Yoemanry Regiment.
Image: Warrior FV510 crewed by A (Dorset Yeomanry) Armour Replacement Squadron taking part in an Armoured Fighting Vehicle demonstration at Bovington.

Go Live: HaemoSys® UHL

The HaemoSys® Integrated Haematology Report system has gone live in the Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Links (HMDL) service based at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

The HMDL service delivers centralized diagnostic pathology services for patients with haematological malignancies (cancers of the bone marrow or lymphatic system, where blood cells are made) across Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

Linked to the iSoft iLab system HaemoSys® will ultimately be used at both Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust and Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust and facilitates compliance with the NICE IOG diagnostic requirements on haematological cancers.

AES Group expands into Canada.

Officially a Canadian entity, Advanced Expert Systems (AES) Canada Ltd has expanded its business from the United Kingdom to Redcliff, Alberta; opening a new location in the Redcliff Technology Enterprise Centre (REDTEC). AES does sophisticated fluid analysis for a complete range of equipment; testing oil, fuel and coolant to provide early failure detection thus improving equipment availability and reducing support costs.

Steve Poke, VP Operations with AES Canada Ltd explained that they began as a UK company doing work primarily with the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS), from there they saw a potential in local commercial markets, which is why they became a Canadian Entity. Southeast Alberta was seen as a prime location based on cost of doing business, proximity to industry as well as support from organizations like the Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of Southeast Alberta.

“The EDA has helped us tremendously, especially with connecting us to REDTEC. REDTEC met our needs financially and was exactly where we wanted to be- with the oil and gas industry, in Redcliff,” said Poke. “Overall, they moved us in the right direction; we got quite a few leads from the EDA, in particular within Cypress County and the City.”

Poke explained that the organization also acted as a marketing arm promoting AES at events such as the Innovation Experience, held in 2010 and focused on highlighting the tech savvy companies in southeast Alberta.

The EDA’s work with AES since 2008, helped them identify opportunities to diversify into other sectors and ensure that there would be a demand for their services.

“In the initial stages we advised them on the requirements and process of becoming a Canadian entity. They also needed to explore financial and incentive opportunities available to tech savvy companies, to which we advised to look to our community partners such asEntreCorp for assistance” said Tracy Heebner, Associate Director for the EDA. “From there the EDA facilitated meetings with companies and potential buyers in the region, mostly in the energy sector including wind developers, to see how strong the demand for their service would be and to show potential future markets. It was important to identify a variety of opportunities to ensure that the company had room for growth.”

The process of becoming a Canadian entity took approximately 18 months. Due to the company’s overall objective in working with the Department of National Defence (DND) across Canada, they chose to become a federal incorporation versus provincial. Currently they are working with potential clients all across Alberta.

AES is located at REDTEC; a centre that helps small service and manufacturing businesses meet their accommodation and facility requirements. They provide adaptable accommodations for individual needs while retaining common areas such as meeting, reception, kitchen and lunchroom areas. It is an environment with peer-to-peer mentoring and support, with an opportunity to build working partnerships and alliances.

Go live: Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust has become the fourth live PathoSys® system that is linked to the iSoft Telepath LIMS and the sixth live NEPath (North East Wide Pathology) network site.

The trust provides services for a population over half a million people across North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Hosted centrally at Newcastle the NEPath PathoSys® system provides a single centralised cellular pathology database covering the pathology and cancer network.

Condition Based Oil Changes Deliver Real Benefits

UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) Managers have used the Machine Care Plus® early failure detection service from AES to transform the servicing procedure for Combat Tracks Group (CTG) Equipment. They now replace the lubricating oil for engines and transmissions ‘On Condition’ rather than the traditional time or usage based policy.

The optimum time to change the lubricating oil is identified by AES from the comprehensive information provided by the Machine Care Plus® software and a suitable maintenance period scheduled. This reduces the cost of routine servicing as it avoids the need to renew, and dispose of, serviceable oil, saving time, money and effort for the equipment operators.
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