UK mental health charity, St Andrew’s Healthcare, has partnered with the software company Advanced to help deliver a digital transformation programme over the next five years.
The programme, worth over several million, is designed to reduce IT risks and drive significant efficiencies, helping St Andrew’s Healthcare deliver specialist care to patients with mental health needs.
Advanced provides full IT outsourcing and will manage all the business-critical services for St Andrew’s Healthcare.
Leslie Ross, director of Business Change and IT at St Andrew’s Healthcare, said: “The whole world has changed, especially over the last two years which has seen cyber security become frontline news. Some industries, such as financial services, are geared up for this evolution, however the rest of the world is still hugely vulnerable. It’s time for us to step up to ensure we mitigate future risks, whilst becoming more mobile, agile and connected, as well as meeting St Andrew’s strategy and digitisation plans.”
Advanced will start by overseeing St Andrew’s Healthcare’s existing infrastructure, focusing on mitigating risk in the areas of external security threats. Advanced will then encompass a full change management plan for St Andrew’s Healthcare, focusing on three key areas from its digital transformation; empowering staff with mobile technology, supporting patients with tools to help their therapy and access to friend and family, and leveraging the “Internet of Things” to enable external suppliers’ access to reduce costs while protecting the core systems.
Ross added: “In healthcare, it’s critical to find the right partner; one who can provide added value thanks to their deep understanding and experience of the sector, especially in managing secure, hosted environments and transformative projects. Advanced really understood what we needed and when combined with a clear cultural fit, it was an easy decision to make when selecting our strategic IT partner. We’re confident that our highly collaborative approach will help both parties achieve long-term value, reducing the overall total cost of ownership. For example, our strategy of moving to cloud based solutions could not be achieved without the right partner.”
Roy Wood, managing director, IT Services – Advanced, said: “As a forward-thinking mental healthcare charity living in a digital world, St Andrew’s has recognised the importance of re-imagining its organisation in order to meet staff, patient and regulatory expectations. Putting their faith in Advanced is testament to the success we’ve achieved in advising and transitioning other healthcare organisations, all underpinned by our robust security measures and a team of highly knowledgeable sector specialists.”