Cambridge University Hospitals to deploy Microsoft Office 365 for business

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“Once all services are made available to staff, planned to start later this year, CUH will become the largest healthcare organisation in England running Microsoft Office 365,” said Zafar Chaudry, CIO, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Exemplar continues to advance its digital agenda by adopting cloud-based programmes from Microsoft

[London, UK] Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH), a Global Digital Exemplar, is to deploy Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 for business.

Professionals will get access to a suite of programmes, including Skype for business and Microsoft Planner.

Dr Zafar Chaudry, Chief Information Officer at the trust, said the technology, along with the Epic EPR system, will provide improvements at an administrative level at both the Addenbrooke’s and Rosie hospitals.

“Once all services are made available to staff, planned to start later this year, CUH will become the largest healthcare organisation in England running Microsoft Office 365,” he added in a statement.

The trust’s inclusion in the exemplar programme reflected improvements in digital efforts.

“The potential for technology to enable significant benefits for both patients and NHS staff is well known. The Trust will be leading the way in enabling its staff to work flexibly, collaborate and share securely. The benefits will be far reaching,” said Suzy Foster, Director of Health and Life Sciences for Microsoft UK.

‘Outstanding’ digital initiatives

Earlier this year, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) announced that the trust would be coming out of special measures, with the report outlining details of a speedy IT recovery following a technological failure at the time of the official inspection. 

In addition, the CQC said it found examples of ‘outstanding practices’ as part of the trust’s digital infrastructure, including the ‘Family FaceTime’ initiative.

CUH was also the first trust in the UK to achieve stage 6 of the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), receiving the award at last year’s UK e-Health Week.

In July 2016, it was also announced that the trust’s Chief Executive at the time, Professor Keith McNeil, would become the first national Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care. This week, NHS England said he would be stepping down from the CCIO role to return to Australia as Assistant Deputy Director General and Chief Medical Information Officer of Queensland Health in December.