London and Belfast, UK – April 2019 – Kainos, a leading provider of Digital Services and Platforms, has announced the successful implementation of its EMR-as-a-Service solution with East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

The development sees Kainos’ award-winning Evolve EMR platform migrate from an on-premise solution to a Microsoft Azure cloud-hosted managed service.

Digital leaders within NHS Trusts are facing increasing challenges including limited financial resources, stretched IT teams and ongoing security risks. Moving to a cloud-managed service is seen as a key solution for overcoming these challenges.

Mike Meers, CIO, EastSuffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust comments,“Kainos Evolve is a core system of record for our staff and has supported the Paperless Healthcare Agenda across the Trust as an on-premise solution since its implementation in 2009. The move to EMR-as-a-Service provides a number of significant additional benefits as it allows for time and capacity to be freed up within the Trust’s IT department that would otherwise be takenup managing infrastructure. The Trust will benefit from advanced security, fully managed end-to-end operational maintenance, and managed upgrades by dedicated Evolve platform experts. This supports our Trust philosophy of ‘time matters’, giving back time to our staff, patients and their families.”

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust was formed in 2018 as a result of a merger between Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals, creating the largest NHS trust in East Anglia and serving a population of over 800,000. Mike Meers continued, “EMR-as-a-Service supports the strategic alliance between the two hospitals by creating the capacity to provide a consistent approach to e-form development, with the aim to drive down operating costs across the two sites by £1.3m within 5 years.”

Cathy Gallagher, Head of Evolve Healthcare Solutions at Kainos commented, “Kainos has been a key supplier of cloud-based managed services to the UK Government Digital Service (GDS) projects for many years. The cloud-based Evolve EMR solution further enhances Kainos’ reputation for enabling digital transformation using cloud technologies. With patient records being a key information source for clinicians, this project represents increased confidence within healthcare organisations in the security and financial benefits of moving towards cloud-based solutions.”