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Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust goes live with first open source EPR

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has become the first NHS hospital in the UK to go live with an open source electronic patient record (EPR), a landmark move expected to help staff deliver better patient care through improved access to information.

The trust has successfully rolled out the system in A&E, theatres, outpatients and the hospital's 30 wards with the support of IMS MAXIMS, after the software firm released the code for its open source EPR technology to the NHS just over a year ago.

Up until now NHS trusts have depended on proprietary software in order to record and manage patient information.

IMS MAXIMS highly commended for innovative open source software

IMS MAXIMS was last night highly commended at the prestigious EHI Awards 2015 for its pioneering open source software, openMAXIMS.

Judges from the awards, which rewards excellence in IT, singled out the health technology provider for its nomination within the healthcare IT product innovation category.

openMAXIMS, an open-source version of the full MAXIMS suite, including its full electronic patient record (EPR) and patient administration system (PAS) was released to the NHS in June 2014 - marking a substantial step in providing NHS organisations with the opportunity to access software and tailor it to the needs of clinicians and other healthcare professionals.