INPS launches AEROS, a new hosting service for patient records
INPS has launched AEROS (pronounced AIR-ROSS), the new reliable, resilient and high performance information hosting service for NHS England.
AEROS is designed to support GP practice and CCG initiatives to deliver the objectives of the Government’s ‘Digital Challenge’.
AEROS uses cloud technology to provide local healthcare teams with rapid access to patient records and other services to support integrated working and system interoperability between care agencies.
AEROS already securely supports more than 4.5 million patient records; in the last few weeks INPS has completed a project to migrate 650 English GP practice datasets to the new platform. More than 11,000 users access the system on a daily basis and initial feedback indicates that there has been a step change in system performance since moving to AEROS. This is confirmed by statistics from the INPS performance monitoring team.
The technology used to power AEROS is also being deployed in Wales where the majority of GP practices will be using the Vision solution as result of the national GP system procurement in 2012.
INPS Managing Director, Max Brighton, explained how the benefits of AEROS go beyond performance; “AEROS takes advantage of new technology to simplify the platform design allowing INPS to deliver a more efficient solution. Significantly fewer servers are required within our data centres providing better value for money to the NHS as well as being kinder to the environment. The introduction of AEROS means that we can confidently recommend the hosted platform as our preferred solution for Vision.”
AEROS will also be used to host other INPS services including Vision 360 to support integrated, cross agency care and Vision Online Services that allows the patient to access, and interact with, their own electronic health record.