London – September 21st, 2011 – The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has been announced as a finalist in the Best Public Sector Project category at this years Document Management awards.

This is the second time in only a few weeks that Ipswich has been shortlisted as a finalist for a major award category – following the announcement in August that the Trust has been shortlisted in the EHI 2011 awards as one of three finalists in the ‘Outstanding work in IT-enabled Change in Healthcare’ category.

Ipswich has been selected for its highly replicable, flexible and clinician focused solution(Evolve™) delivered, in partnership with IT Solutions company, Kainos. The solution has significant support and engagement right across the Trust from clinical staff through to GPs and across nursing and administration staff and has revolutionised the way the Trust uses information to improve patient care and outcomes.

This year’s winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at the Hotel Russell in London on 29th September 2011. Kainos was a DM Awards winner in 2010 with its client Havant Borough Council whose EDRM implementation won the best Public Sector Project category.

Now in its fifth year, the DM Awards acknowledge and reward the outstanding products, suppliers and projects in the document management industry.

The primary aim of the Evolve solution at Ipswich is, “To improve patient care by freeing up the flow of vital information amongst different points of care, so that the right treatment can be given efficiently and effectively according to the very latest patient case notes’, according to Neil Turnbull, Head of Programme Delivery in the Information Management and Technology department at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. “The solution is already exceeding expectations, delivering financial return, removing costs from the business and inspiring other Trusts to follow a similar path. We are delighted that this project has caught the imagination of the DM judging panel.”

It is the project’s immense ability to be replicated and repurposed, whether across small, medium, large or specialist Trusts that is one of the key, unique elements of this project at Ipswich. In the past 12 months alone Ipswich has hosted in excess of 20 site visits (many with multiple repeat visits) from other Trusts keen to see the system and understand the processes. Every Trust has been inspired by the work carried out at Ipswich both from a technology and people/process automation and improvement perspective, and a number have already moved to follow the same technology path.

Deirdre O’Neill is head of the Evolve healthcare division at Kainos and adds, “To be selected a finalist in one major awards programme was a great achievement. Now to be selected by another is a further endorsement of the potential that Evolve offers not only at Ipswich but to other Trusts across the UK.”