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Tuesday, July 05 2022 - 17:38
NHS Scotland awards national laboratory medicine framework to Citadel Health
EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 5, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Scotland is on its way to becoming home to the UK's largest connected 
laboratory medicine network, following the appointment of Citadel Health ( 
) as the supplier for NHS Scotland's Laboratory Information Management System 
(LIMS) framework.

The new software will connect NHS laboratory medicine labs and hospitals across 
Scotland. The network has the potential to link and streamline complex clinical 
processes to improve the patient experience for the population of Scotland.

Laboratory Medicine provides laboratory services to primary and secondary care 
centres across Scotland. Laboratories across the majority of Boards perform 
over 100 million tests per year and employ over 4,000 staff. Laboratories 
provide a 24/7 clinical and medical laboratory service and a comprehensive 
range of investigations including decentralised testing sites. Laboratory tests 
play a part in 70 – 80% of all health care decisions affecting diagnosis of 
disease, treatment, and monitoring response to treatment.

LIMS is crucial to the function of Laboratory Medicine as it is used to result 
and report all primary, secondary and tertiary laboratory requests received by 
Laboratory Medicine. It also provides capability to create automation of 
workflows, integration of instruments, and management of samples and their 
associated information. LIMS systems interface with several key local and 
national healthcare systems, for example:

-Patient Administration Systems
-Electronic Patient Records
-Analytical Middleware
-Electronic Order Communication Systems
-Regional and National Systems

The 10-year partnership with Citadel Health has the prospect of dramatically 
enhancing diagnostic capability across NHS Scotland through collaboration, 
national standardisation and improved systems.

By managing more than 100 million specimen and test requests processed each 
year by NHS Scotland's pathology labs, the system has the potential to improve 
equality in patient access, cutting duplication and freeing up clinicians to 
manage resources within the network. Citadel Health's Evolution vLab 
( software already supports NHS Trusts 
in England ( 
) and Wales ( ) following recent tender wins.

The contract with Citadel Health reflects the global health tech leader's 
proven ability to operate seamlessly across vast geographies, including the 
Southern Hemisphere's largest single instance public health LIMS.

Mary Morgan, Chief Executive at NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) said:

"Enabling health and social care transformation is one of our strategic 
priorities and this new partnership with Citadel Health represents a positive 
step for laboratory medicine in Scotland – where focusing on transformational 
change will lead to improved patient experience and greater efficiency, 
collaboration and connection across NHS Scotland boards.

"Our National Procurement team in NSS conducts national procurements and 
assists local implementation to help NHS Scotland boards achieve the best value 
for money on goods and services to support the vital work of teams across NHS 

Mike Gray, Laboratory Service Manager, NHS Lothian and Chair of the LIMS 
implementation programme, said:

"The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for seamless interfacing across 
systems and the ability to quickly pull data from an efficient and effective 
LIMS on a national scale, so we sought a new LIMS supplier. Being able to share 
standardised results in real time will enable effective diagnosis for patients 
across the whole of the NHS Scotland, paving the pathway for improved patient 

"All boards involved look forward to working in partnership with Citadel Health 
to ensure the new LIMS is developed to meet NHS Scotland requirements and 
safely deployed across all pathology laboratories and services."

Stephen Lynch, Executive General Manager at Citadel Health, said:

"We are delighted to be partnering with NHS Scotland Boards eager to embrace 
our approach of delivering essential laboratory services and improving 
efficiency and streamlining standardisation. The growing demand for seamless 
clinical collaboration across diagnostic networks to improve patient outcomes 
illustrates why we remain the natural choice to evolve digital health solutions 
across the UK."

Impact in numbers

-Almost 6m population
-100 million specimens and tests each year
-93 labs in 29 geographic locations networked
-3700+ clinical users

About Citadel Health

Citadel Health gives clinical teams the tools to connect, collaborate and 
optimise clinical pathways. Our deeply specialised health software helps 
modernise clinical workflows, transforming decisions, operations and quality to 
improve patient access and outcomes at scale. Visit 

Source: Citadel Health