Belfast-based Tomcat Clinical Systems, the supplier of specialist Cardiac Information Systems has signed a contract with London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children to supply a paediatric Cardiac Information System.

The TOMCAT system manages the information relating to all aspects of a patient’s cardiac treatment and is now in use in hospitals across the UK and Ireland.  UK reference sites for the firm’s clinical software include Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Papworth Hospital.

The Great Ormond Street contract win marks Tomcat’s first sale of its new highly specialised paediatric Cardiac Information System.  Stephen Gunning, MD of Tomcat Clinical Systems told E-Health Insider, that the deal covers supplying software and a “10-year support contact".

Commenting on the contract award, Professor Martin Elliott, Chief of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital said:  “Tomcat was selected after a world-wide search for a robust and reliable clinical reporting system with a proven track record in a high-volume, pressured environment."

"We are confident that the tailored solution offered will address the very specific needs of our paediatric cardiac care and are excited at the prospect of implementing Tomcat at Great Ormond Street.  We anticipate significant improvements in communication and research as a result.”

Stephen Gunning, MD of Tomcat Clinical Systems said, “Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s best known and most respected hospitals.  Their decision to use TOMCAT is a very positive endorsement of the work we are doing.  It is also a tribute to the fact that our team have developed a system that is genuinely competing with and surpassing global standards.  We are looking forward to working with the clinicians there to provide a truly integrated and flexible solution.”

Gunning told E-Health Insider that the key features of the Cardiac Information System are “The breadth and depth of functionality.  We cover the whole cardiothoracic and cardiorespitory area, and have modules for every test and procedure used."

The modular system is claimed to be extremely easy to use with diagrammatic data capture rather than standard drop-down menus and screens.  “The system also integrates with the full range of clinical equipment used in the speciality together with hospital information systems," said Gunning.

The Tomcat MD said that in England the firm is currently working with the Local Service Providers delivering the National Programme for IT at a number of sites.  “We are working with them at a number of sites where new Patient Administration Systems are now being put in.  For example we are working with IDX at University College Hospital London."

Gunning said that he hoped the Great Ormond Street contract would provide a springboard for further sales of its paediatric Cardiac Information System in England.