“Atos Origin Successfully Delivers Upgrade to NHS Choose & Book Service”

London, 22 May 2007

Making Choose and Book simpler and easier to use to help improve efficiencies in hospitals Atos Origin, an international IT services company, has today confirmed the successful implementation of the latest upgrade to the Choose and Book system, part of the NHS National Programme for IT, being delivered by NHS Connecting for Health.

Choose and Book is now available across the country with take up of the service increasing each month. A total of more than 3 million referrals to specialist care have now been made. Trusts are reporting that Choose and Book is allowing them to increase efficiencies in hospitals by helping to reduce the number of Did Not Attend (DNA) appointments and improve waiting times for patients. For example, at Kettering Hospital NHS Trust, DNAs are reduced by 35%, when referrals are made through Choose and Book.

Atos Origin and its sub-contractor, Cerner, designed and delivered this most recent upgrade, following feedback from users, patients and the British Medical Association. Improvements are:

Facilitating two-week wait referrals
Hospitals can now explicitly identify which services accept two-week wait referrals, enabling GPs to identify them more quickly. Many PCTs are already using this to start the transfer of two-week wait referrals from fax to electronic booking.

Finding services more effectively
GPs can now group potential services by hospital, helping to more quickly identify the appropriate service.

Improving patient printouts
Format and wording has been enhanced on the printouts given to patients by their GP advising them of their appointment, or how to book it, making them clearer and easier to read.

“We welcome this latest upgrade and improvements to the Choose and Book service,” said Dr Naeem Shaukat, Consultant Cardiologist. “We have been using Choose and Book since June 2006 and have found it useful. It has allowed us to manage the referrals in a more contained way and to redirect patients appropriately. These measures will help to reduce the time spent by patients waiting and will help towards us meeting the 18-week target.”

“Atos Origin is fully supportive of and committed to the success of the National Programme for IT,” said Ian Hill, Head of Health, UK, Atos Origin. “We recognize that the Choose and Book service, as part of the wider National Programme for IT, is radically changing the way that clinicians and staff across the NHS work, and we continue to work with all parties involved to ensure that the changes deliver benefits for the NHS and value to patients.”

“Together with our partners Atos Origin and NHS Connecting for Health, Cerner is dedicated to ensuring that the Choose and Book service is as intuitive, fast and easy to use as possible,” said David Sides, Cerner UK managing director. ”As we continue to deliver upon our commitments together with our partners, we look forward to increasing usage to help more patients take control of their health and treatment."

Atos Origin delivered the national Choose and Book application on time and to budget on 2 July 2004 and has since successfully delivered three major upgrades and thirty four minor releases. The Choose and Book service is built on the Cerner Millennium®-based electronic bookings applications software solution.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.4 billion and it employs 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

About Cerner
Cerner Corp. is taking the paper record out of healthcare, eliminating error, variance and waste in the care process. With more than 7,500 associates worldwide, including 900 clinicians and 2,100 in-house consultants, Cerner has deployed nearly 6,400 Cerner Millennium solutions in more than 1,100 facilities across the globe. This makes Cerner the leading supplier of healthcare information technology.

For more information, contact:
Caroline Crouch
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com