Leeds teaching hospitals trust moves to standardised directory

One of UK’s largest NHS trusts shifts to Microsoft Active as part of £37m informatics strategy

Leeds teaching hospitals trust is moving its directory from a Novell platform to Microsoft Active Directory as part of a £37m five-year informatics strategy.

“We want to standardise with other NHS organisations and pull Leeds out the dark ages,” Eileen Jessop, the trust’s deputy director of informatics, told Guardian Government Computing.

Leeds is one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts, but according to Jessop has made very little investment in technology over the years. The issue was addressed in February last year, however, when the trust board committed to the multimillion pound upgrade.

Jessop said that although the move to the new directory is a small part of the overall programme, and valued at only £267,600, it is a significant “building block” for the delivery of better clinical systems.

“I think this is an exciting project,” she said. “If we get this done, we can move far quicker on our whole strategy.”

According to Jessop, the project is currently at “audit stage” and implementation will start within the next few weeks.

“I understand a new directory service can be built within a few months, it’s all the migration from the old directory that can take up to 18 months from start to finish,” she said.

As part of its informatics strategy, Leeds is currently implementing wireless, looking to centralise its storage and introduce “order communications”, so that clinicians can request and receive pathology, radiography and other results, from within the trust or GP practices.

It also intends to introduce a scheduling system to help manage patient appointments, theatre equipment and staff deployment and other hospital processes.

Microsoft Active’s Directory is being implemented by Insight Direct under sub-contract to Yorkshire-based IT services provider Esteem.

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