CSC announced a partnership with Carefx Corporation, a leading interoperability platform provider, to deliver a set of healthcare solutions designed to improve the quality and accessibility of information available to clinical staff at the point-of-care. With budgets under pressure and NHS Trusts tackling a number of UK Government policy initiatives, this collaboration comes at a critical time. By working in unison, CSC and Carefx can deliver innovative technology to help address these challenges and build efficiencies into the healthcare system. The key component of the partnership will be the delivery of a Clinical Information Portal built on Carefx’s Fusionfx platform. The portal will integrate NHS clinical and administrative applications residing either inside an NHS Trust or between multiple healthcare organisations, providing the ability to connect disparate systems and leverage and protect existing investments. By enabling Trusts to link existing systems, the portal not only extends the value of IT investments, it provides clinical and administrative staff with streamlined access to critical patient information from a single point of access, eliminating the need for data replication and new storage infrastructures. By working collaboratively, CSC and Carefx can deliver solutions that not only meet the requirements of individual NHS Trusts, but can also support regional NHS partnerships and national interoperability programmes. The collaboration with Carefx on the Clinical Information Portal is one of several new solutions, services, and partnerships CSC is introducing to help healthcare organisations. The solutions have been tailored to help NHS Trusts tackle a number of UK Government policy initiatives, such as the QIPP (Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention) agenda which identifies the importance of harnessing innovation and technology at key points in the patient journey. In addition to the clinical portal, two other solutions were launched in January, including the ePF (electronic patient folder) and Healthcare Self-Service Kiosks. Further solutions will be launched in 2010.