GE Healthcare has announced that it is to acquire CHCA Computers Systems, an operating room management and analytics provider, based in Montreal Canada, which developed the Opera software application that is used extensively in Scotland and in a handful of trusts in England, according to the EHI Intelligence Database. GE said the move would enable it to offer healthcare organisations a more integrated suite of software to manage theatres and improve efficiency and outcomes.2 April 2014
BridgeHead Software has announced a partnership with Capital Healthcare Decisions to offer new and existing customers a 'healthcare platform as a service' for data management. The solution will enable hospitals to store, protect and share data from a wide range of administrative and clinical applications in a secure, N3 accredited, UK data centre, and to make it available to clinical and administrative staff at the point of need.2 April 2014
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has renewed its deal with SMART software and used its latest products to support the introduction of standardised shift patterns and the more effective management of rotas and annual leave across its wards. Annual leave was previously dealt with using the NHS' Electronic Staff Record, but the trust now has more streamlined staff management processes and better audit trails.2 April 2014
Tim Sheppard has become general manager of IMS Health's UK and Ireland business, replacing Mike Sanvoisin, who will now focus on North Europe and Africa. Sheppard formerly worked for Unipart Group, where he was head of healthcare in its consulting practice, and for Dell when it acquired Perot Systems in 2010.2 April 2014
The Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare at the University of Sheffield is working with Tunstall Healthcare and HMA Digital Marketing on mHealth Assist, a mobile technology platform that is designed to support people living with long-term conditions and, in particular, people living with dementia, visual impairment or communications difficulties.