Harris Corporation Teams with BT to Improve Health and Social Care Interoperability in the United Kingdom
* Harris to be BT’s portal provider.
* Company’s clinical integration platform will connect health and social care organizations.
* Goal to develop a more efficient, impactful and connected healthcare community.
MELBOURNE, FL/WASHINGTON - Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, was selected by BT, one of world’s largest leading providers of communications services and solutions, to supply clinical portal solutions for health and social care organizations across the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) and wider public sector.
Harris will bundle its clinical integration platform with BT’s infrastructure and components to improve interoperability among health and social care providers in the NHS. This integrated solution will allow providers and patients to access information contained within existing systems to optimize patient care while controlling costs.
“Patients and providers throughout the UK face major challenges coordinating information across different health and social care systems,” said Dr. Vishal Agrawal, president, Harris Healthcare Solutions. “Our clinical integration platform, combined with BT’s solutions, will drive health information interoperability across the continuum of care in the NHS.”
Harris’ clinical integration platform combines customizable, intuitive web-based portals with strong security to provide a single point of access for patients and providers. The platform’s referral management component tracks the life cycle of a patient’s care while its secure messaging component enables users to send and receive private messages with an electronic health record.
“We’re pleased to be working with Harris to put patients at the center of their care across the UK and around the world. As an integral part of BT’s interoperability solution, together we’re focused on improving the quality of care while reducing the cost” stated Ian Dalton, president, BT Global Health. “Our collective goal is to help health and social care organizations develop into a more efficient and connected community and ultimately create a new world of care.”
A recognized leader in clinical connectivity, collaboration, and intelligence solutions, Harris offers a full range of interoperability solutions, including IT infrastructure and management, clinical workflow and analytics, health information exchange, and imaging. Harris solutions improve healthcare quality, safety, efficiency, cost and outcomes by ensuring that the right information travels, with security and privacy, to the right person, at the right time, on the right device, at the point of care.
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach. For the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,103m with reported profit before taxation of £2,315m. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and about 14,000 employees — including 6,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at harris.com.
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