Data Integration to provide security for University Hospitals Birmingham web-based patient portal

24 May 2012

Portal will offer patients safe, convenient and secure online access to medical records — anytime and from any location

LONDON, 24 May 2012 – University Hospitals Birmingham, has awarded Data Integration, the network and system integrator owned by Xchanging (LSE: XCH), the contract to provide strong two-factor authentication for the myhealth@QEHB registration process which provides users with their medical record and clinical information. The leading-edge portal allows University Hospitals Birmingham’s patients to have safe access to their confidential information such as medication, lab results, letters and inpatient/outpatient information, in a safe and controlled environment.

University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) is one of the first NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK to develop a system that gives patients the tools they need to take control of their own records, health and well-being. Designed with the patient in mind, myhealth@QEHBhelps users quickly and conveniently access key information — anywhere and at any time. First trialled by a handful of patients, Data Integration has been appointed to assist in its expansion, with an initial target of 2,000 patients to be given access to the system over the coming weeks.

Data Integration, a leading provider of network and security services, selected Entrust’s strong authentication solution, Entrust IdentityGuard.  The solution allows layers of authentication to be implemented within a single platform.

Jim Williams, Application Development Manager at University Hospitals Birmingham, commented, “The myhealth@QEHB system and environment is hosted securely at UHB’s IT Services, it allows users to share their profiles if they choose to do so. Data Integration, an existing supplier, is a trusted pair of hands and the right partner to work with on such a critical service.”

For further information, please contact:

Xchanging Technology Services
Sarah Richardson      
Tel: +44 (0)20 7780 5509
sarah.richardson@xchanging.com

University Hospitals Birmingham
Communication Office
Tel: +44 (0) 0121 627 2023
communications@uhb.nhs.uk

About Data Integration, an Xchanging company

Data Integration is one of the UK’s leading networking, security and communication technology providers. Acquired by Xchanging, the business process and technology services provider, the company is now part of Xchanging’s Technology business.

Data Integration specialises in network security, mobility solutions and high performance networks serving more than 300 customers in the UK, spanning the private and public sectors.

www.dataintegration.com 
www.xchanging.com

About University Hospitals Birmingham

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) is run by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and is Birmingham’s first new acute hospital in 70 years.

The first patients moved in on 16 June 2010 and it became fully operational by spring 2012.

The Laboratories were the final major move of clinical services into the new hospital and saw Microbiology, Haematology and Biochemistry housed in one purpose-built department for the first time.

The Trust currently holds: 

  • 40,000 outpatient appointments a month across all sites
  • 10,000 outpatient appointments per week across all sites
  • 18,000 outpatient appointments a month just at Selly Oak

More than 200 patients every hour pass through the outpatients department.

The QEHB is the largest single site teaching hospital in Europe, overtaking the St James in Leeds.

It has 1,213 beds, 30 theatres and the largest single-site critical care unit in Europe ,with 100 beds.

Staff of more than 7,500 work across more than 40 disciplines

In 2010/11 UHB saw over 517,000 outpatients, 70,000 inpatients, 29,000 day cases, and 83,000 A&E attendances – a total of 700,282 patients treated

The Trust provides traditional district general hospital services for the adult population of South Birmingham and specialist acute treatments for people in the West Midlands and beyond.

The hospital is a regional centre for trauma, burns, plastics, neurosciences and cancer. In March 2012 it was designated a Major Trauma Centre.

UHB has the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe.

UHB hosts the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) and holds the contract for providing medical services to all military personnel evacuated from overseas via the aero medical service.

As a result of its clinical expertise in treating trauma patients and military casualties, UHB has been designated both a Level 1 trauma centre and host of the UK’s first and only £20m ($32m) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Centre for Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology. 

UHB has been recognised as a Centre of Excellence for its world-class haematological cancer research by the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity.

http://www.uhb.nhs.uk/