Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a medium-sized acute general hospital, serving a population of approximately 300,000 within Northamptonshire, UK.

The Customer

The Trust has been providing services since 1897 and reached Foundation Trust status in 2008. As well as the main hospital site, the Trust runs a wide range of outpatient clinics in Corby, Wellingborough and Irthlingborough.

The Trust has developed many state-of-the-art facilities, such as an £18m short-stay surgery treatment centre that enables the majority of operations to be carried out within a 48 hour stay and a Cardiac Centre offering heart related treatments closer to peoples’ homes.

Kettering General Hospital also has a special care baby unit, 600 inpatient and day case beds, a modern A&E department, a large maternity wing, 17 operating theatres, an intensive care unit, skin care centre, cancer care wing and a host of excellent diagnostic facilities such as CT and MRI scanners.

The Challenge

Long before Kettering General Hospital adopted the Orion Health RhapsodyTM Integration Engine, information was held in silos and healthcare systems were disparate from each other. The Trust had no means of interfacing between systems, and no forms of HL7 integration were being used.

It was when the Trust was required to bring in a new theatre system that they identified an urgent need for an integration solution and one that could provide fast, real-time data. Rhapsody was selected as the healthcare specific Integration Engine of choice due to its proven functionality, reliability and scalability and was rapidly deployed in 2006.

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