Cerner moves into Ireland

Cerner, a leading international supplier of healthcare information technology (HIT) solutions, recently announced the opening of a new office in Dublin as it continues to expand its healthcare IT presence in Ireland.

After serving the Republic of Ireland via its London operations for the past three years, this new office serves to strengthen Cerner's relationships with key clients and enhance its software offerings for the European market by having translation and localization services in Ireland, which is being touted to be a rapidly growing market for advanced healthcare technology, with an increasing focus  on improving healthcare at the primary level.

With operations in 18 countries, Cerner has provided healthcare solutions to clients in the United Kingdom for more than 20 years. The company's entry into the Irish market came in June 2004, when St. James's Hospital, the Republic of Ireland's largest teaching hospital, chose Cerner as their healthcare IT partner to implement

an integrated RIS/PACS and Order Communications solution as the first stage of their hospital-wide, patient centric, clinical information solution.  Cerner Ireland Ltd. is located at Newenham House in the Northern Cross Business Park, Dublin.

iSOFT in agreement with ML Park  (Russia)

iSOFT Deutschland, part of the IBA Health Group – the world's fourth largest healthcare IT provider  will focus on providing modern laboratory software solutions in Russia and has strengthened its position in Russia's healthcare market after a partnership agreement with ML Park of Moscow to distribute and support iSOFT's laboratory information systems (LIS).

The market in Russia offers huge potential and is set to grow at unprecedented rates. The Russian market for medical technology is worth US$2 billion a year and is growing by about 15 % per annum. The 'National Health Programme', which continues until 2010, provides US$1.7 billion to build 15 specialised health centres.

iSOFT has already installed its LabCentre laboratory system at KDL Test, a private laboratory chain with laboratories in Moscow, Omsk, Perm and Krasnodar. ML Park and KDL Test are sister companies and both are subsidiaries of ML Group.

Core elements of the agreement are the distribution, implementation and support of the iSOFT laboratory solution, LabCentre. LabCentre is a full-graphic integrated system, covering clinical laboratory, blood donation and microbiology.

Wockhardt Hospitals to invest INR 569 cr in growth

Wockhardt Hospitals, associate of Harvard Medical International (HMI) a self supporting not-for-profit subsidiary of Harvard Medical School has chalked out a growth strategy with an investment of INR 5.69 billion in expanding, developing and constructing both greenfield and brownfield expansion plans.

The company plans to leverage growth model with flexible expansion plans. Since 2000, it has grown from three hospitals, with 139 beds, to a network of 10 super-specialty hospitals and five regional speciality ICU hospitals, with a total of 1,374 in-patient beds.

Besides establishing additional healthcare facilities, the company plans to strengthen its presence in cities, such as Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Delhi, by expanding the current operations through new greenfield and brownfield projects, as well as increasi


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