Health secretary visits EMIS Group to see joined-up care in action

19 Oct 2018

Health secretary Matt Hancock visited Leeds-based health technology provider EMIS Group today (Friday 19 October) to see joined up healthcare in action.

The visit took place in the week he launched his technology vision for the NHS, which stresses the importance of different systems talking to each other to support joined-up care.

EMIS Group is the UK leader in connected healthcare software and services and a pioneer of interoperability and secure data-sharing between different healthcare systems. Its software is used by healthcare professionals in over 10,000 organisations and it is the market leader in GP software, with a 56% share of the market.

Mr Hancock was joined on the visit to EMIS Group’s Rawdon office by local MP Stuart Andrew, who represents the Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough constituency.

EMIS Group’s chief medical officer Dr Shaun O’Hanlon – a former GP – and Peter Southby, chief financial officer, hosted the visit. Dr O’Hanlon presented highlights of the company’s software and outlined forthcoming plans for innovation that are aligned with Matt Hancock’s vision of a technology-enabled health service.

Healthcare technology innovation is increasing, and the market is opening up to deliver more efficient, integrated care. EMIS Group plans to continue to be at the heart of this change.

Dr O’Hanlon said: “We were delighted to host the health secretary in the week of his technology announcement, and to show him some of the many live projects that are already delivering his vision of joined-up care.

“As the UK’s leading provider of healthcare software, EMIS Group touches almost every part of the health and social care service – from GP surgeries to pharmacies, hospitals and community teams”

Dr Shaun O'Hanlon, chief medical officer, EMIS Group

“Everyone who works in the company is immensely proud of the part we play in helping the NHS to work more efficiently and improve patient care. That passion and enthusiasm for our work was evident throughout the visit; there was a real buzz in the building.”

Stuart Andrew said: “I was really pleased that Matt Hancock was able to visit one of the largest employers in my constituency. EMIS Group has a long history of developing technology to support our NHS."

“EMIS Group continues to innovate, and the Health Secretary was clearly really impressed with what he saw”

Stuart Andrew, MP, Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough

EMIS Group has a proven track record of opening up access to vital healthcare data for the benefit of citizens across the UK.  A recent project is the first live use of GP Connect, a collaboration between EMIS Health, NHS Digital and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust that is delivering connected patient care across the city of Leeds.

Photo (L-R) Hadley Beeman, Chief Technology Advisor to the secretary of state; Dr Shaun O’Hanlon, Chief Medical Officer, EMIS Group; Peter Southby, Chief Financial officer, EMIS Group; Stuart Andrew MP; Matt Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care