St Helen and Knowsley – A Model for Digitising Records in the NHS


The recent announcement around digitising records in the NHS was certainly a story which is familiar to our customer St Helen and Knowsley NHS Trust. This time last year we announced that they were the first trust in the UK to go paperless, supported by EMC.

At the time, Phil Corrin, Deputy CIO at St. Helens & Knowsley Health Informatics states that: “We always look to implement best-of-breed technology throughout the hospital, a fact that has won us awards within the healthcare and IT industry. We felt that EMC wasn’t just offering us a short-term fix to our storage problems, but actually helping us develop a long-term storage strategy. Choosing VMAX wasn’t just about us being able to store more information, but about how we can more effectively manage that storage.”

“Patient care is at the centre of every technology decision we take and we need to ensure that medical staff have access to the information they need, whenever they need it. As the Trust becomes increasingly digitised, our storage requirements are only going to increase, but we know that EMC VMAX will help us to rise to the challenge,”

Last week, to coincide with the announcement from Jeremy Hunt, Neil Darvill, director of informatics at St Helen and Knowsley, caught up with The Guardian’s Debbie Andalo to discuss the latest developments at the Trust and highlight the project with EMC as a model for other trusts to follow. You can read all about it here.


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