Isoft has been appointed as sub-contractor to Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS) to provide and support laboratory information systems at Malta’s flagship 850-bed Mater Dei Hospital, the largest hospital on the island.

Malta Information Technology and Training Services (MITTS) has also extended its 12-year relationship with iSoft for an upgrade of the current patient administration system.

The new contract is for order communications at the new Mater Dei Hospital, which when operational will enable laboratory tests and x-rays to be ordered online and the results viewed in real time as part of the medical record

The seven-year contract with ACS Healthcare Solutions includes iSoft’s i.Laboratory, which will be installed as part of a programme to improve the management of health records and integrate digital medical equipment.

Dallas, Texas-based ACS has a seven-year contract with the Government of Malta to improve the efficiency of delivery of healthcare and recording of patient information. It is providing hardware, software and expertise needed to maintain a laboratory information system, radiology information system, and picture archiving and communications system. The company will integrate these systems with the Mater Dei’s existing systems.

Charles Bracken, managing director, ACS Healthcare Solutions, described i.Laboratory as a proven solution offering minimal risk: "With i.Laboratory, we will deliver an integrated, multi-disciplinary solution to track orders, samples and results from microbiology, pathology, biochemistry and transfusion services. It is a well-established solution that is proven at 150 UK hospitals."