Secondary Care

Horder Healthcare picks IMS MAXIMS

Horder Healthcare is to deploy an electronic patient record (EPR) from software provider IMS MAXIMS, in order to improve care for thousands of patients and facilitate its digital journey to align it with the NHS’s ambition of paperless at the point of care by 2020.

The commitment will enable the not-for-profit organisation to enhance the way it delivers specialist services including orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, physiotherapy, maxillofacial, dental, as well as plastic and reconstructive, eye and hand surgery across the South East of England, using the innovative EPR as a single system to share crucial clinical and administrative information across its five sites.

Known as MAXIMS, the technology has already been proven in NHS hospitals and will now mean that 350 staff working for Horder Healthcare across the region will have real-time access to patient information wherever they are in the organisation.

New work-flow efficiencies will simplify and speed up many core activities, whilst the charity’s vision of a digital future and becoming paper-free at the point of care will mean better informed clinical decisions and a seamless patient experience, as information follows patients across sites.

Andrew Bover, Head of IM&T at Horder Healthcare, said: “Moving away from costly paper-based records is fundamental to delivering safer and better care and for better engagement with our patients. The MAXIMS EPR will give us a whole new platform to enable Horder’s transition into the digital healthcare era.

“We will now free up clinical time and increase accuracy of the information our professionals are accessing, by linking systems such as our medical imaging software to the EPR. This will remove the need for someone to manually type information into a separate system and reduce the chance of someone retrieving the wrong patient record at the point-of-care.”

The contract will see the implementation of the full suite of MAXIMS products and additional functionality for patient billing and accounting services from IMS MAXIMS partner, CommonMS who will be providing the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning component.


The ten-year contract involves IMS MAXIMS providing implementation, project management, transformational change management, configuration, data migration and maintenance.