Healthcare IT supplier TPP has achieved 100% coverage of child health services, community units and prisons in NHS Yorkshire and the Humber.

The company said its deployment of SystmOne at Selby and York Child Health Services at the end of last month means coverage for all three healthcare settings is complete.

Tony Megaw, assistant chief information officer for the strategic health authority, said the milestone was a fantastic achievement for the NHS in Yorkshire and the Humber.

He added: “Having all child health services utilising the same system means vaccination and immunisation records are readily available when a child moves to another locality.

"This improves continuity of care and supports healthcare professionals, such as health visitors with changing caseloads, to maintain a high quality of patient care.”

TPP said 55% of GP practices in the SHA were also using SystmOne and more practices were moving over every month. Last month, more than 30,000 staff in the region logged on to SystmOne.

Adele Cotter, customer relations manager for TPP, added: “The latest statistics are really exciting as it means staff in the Yorkshire and the Humber are seeing our vision of ‘one patient, one record’ in action every day.”

TPP has also announced the approval of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the company and Leeds University, which will enable an academic recruited jointly by the university and TPP to work at the company for two years.

The KTP is a UK–wide programme creating links between academic institutions and businesses, with partnerships part-funded by government and partly by the company partner.

The aim of the TPP project is to evaluate and implement opportunities in primary care.

Owen Johnson, senior fellow from Leeds University, said the KTP would be jointly supervised by academics from the School of Computing and Health Informatics, part of the School of Medicine.

He added: “The key challenge is bringing these different disciplines together and realising that the greatest innovation comes from combining fresh perspectives.”

Chris Bates, a software engineer from TPP, said the company was looking forward to seeing what it could learn from the research project.

He added: “Hopefully the partnership will allow us to develop intelligent diagnostic and risk assessment tools which will benefit the product, our users and the medical community at large.”