Egton Medical Information Systems
Egton Medical Information Systems Limited, known as EMIS and part of EMIS Group plc, is a software company that develops and supplies computer systems used by over half of all general practices in the United Kingdom,195 clinical services throughout the United Kingdom, and also internationally, to electronically store patient notes. Like other competitor systems, data includes all details of a patient's medical history, acute and repeat medication record and results of blood and radiology investigations electronically posted back to a surgery from a hospital. As at June 2013, EMIS supplied systems to 52.4% of GP practices in the UK with a responsibility for over 50% of the cradle-to-grave electronic healthcare records. Turnover was £86.3m for 2012 (2011: £73.2m) and by 2012 they employed circa 1,200 people in the United Kingdom.
History of the company
EMIS began in the 1980s in a rural dispensing practice in Egton near Whitby in North Yorkshire, where Dr Peter Sowerby wrote the software in association with co-author Dr David Stables.
National Programme for IT and GPSoC
The disenfranchisement of General Practitioners and the resultant political change which affected the NPFIT led to the creation of the GPSOC (General Practitioners System of Choice) programme which allowed individual GPs to choose their own system for storing electronic patient notes. As a result EMIS are now involved in the GPSOC programme.
As of 2009, of the 5000 practices using EMIS, 40% were able to transfer notes electronically with the GP2GP electronic record transfer software to other GP practices using either EMIS or INPS Vision. In 2012 EMIS continued accelerating the roll-out of its next generation system, EMIS Web. EMIS Web, with other integration and interoperability initiatives pioneered by EMIS and subject to patient consent, allows patient data to move freely and safely not just between GPs but also elsewhere within the NHS. This integrated care solution is available, for example, in Accident & Emergency, Out of Hours, Hospitals, Community Nursing, etc.
Flotation and Current Trading
EMIS Group Limited became EMIS Group plc and then floated on AIM starting trading on 29 March 2010.
Trading update for the year ended 31 December 2013:
In primary and community care:
- the ongoing roll out of EMIS Web for GPs continues to proceed at plan. At the period end there were 3,327 live EMIS Web practices in England and Wales - an increase of 1,692 practices during the year
- the remaining 1,196 practices have either placed an order or are in the EMIS Web familiarisation service
- within community, child and metal health, bid activity has increased and the Group has secured new contracts in Bromley, Glasgow and East London Urgent Care Centre.
In community pharmacy:
- the Group's estate continues to grow
- preparations were made for the formal launch of new functionality linking community pharmacies and GPs which was successfully piloted in 2013
- detailed plans have been approved for the development of the next generation of community pharmacy software which will further enhance this integrated approach.
In secondary and specialist care:
- the integration of both Ascribe and Digital Healthcare (acquired respectively on 16 September and 5 August) is progressing well
- Ascribe secured several significant contracts to supply clinical IT solutions to major healthcare trusts, including Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- a number of positive responses have also been received relating to government technology funding
- Digital Healthcare is progressing with the roll-out of upgraded diabetic retinopathy software to comply with the requirements of Public Health England.
In August 2010 EMIS Group acquired a controlling interest in Rx Systems Limited (known as Rx Systems) which is a software company that develops and supplies computer systems used (as at June 2012) by over 36% of all community pharmacies in the United Kingdom.
Rx Systems is partly owned by EMIS Group plc and partly by Phoenix Group.
Rx Systems supplies computer systems and provides managed network services to community pharmacies in the United Kingdom. Part of that managed service is the support of the respective government agencies' Electronic Transfer of Prescription and associated IT projects. Like other competitor systems, data stored includes all details of a patient's medical history, acute and repeat medication record and increasingly recording other clinical data.
History of Rx Systems
Rx Systems was set up in March 2003 by Simon Ward, Ian Taylor and Martin Shepsman. In partnership with Phoenix Medical Supplies, Rx Systems had rapid market growth in all countries in the UK. It is supported by key market stakeholders in partnership to deliver solutions to community pharmacy. Partners include Numark, Avicenna and AIMp (Association of Independent Multiples pharmacies). In December 2009 Rx Systems secured an agreement with AAH Pharmaceuticals (AAH) to provide Rx Systems' core application, ProScript, to the AAH Link client base under the brand name ProScript Link.
In June 2010 Rx Systems invested in Pharmacy EPoS system provider MultEPoS to supply their services to the Rx Systems customer base thereby enhancing the overall pharmacy IT offering. Rx Systems continues to see a significant increase in its client base and currently supplies services to over 34% of community pharmacy sites in the UK. Currently positioned as the second largest system provider to Pharmacy in the UK, ProScript software is the most widely used application in UK Pharmacy.
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