INPS is the organisation that develops, deploys and supports Vision – a flexible suite of clinical software solutions that are used extensively within primary care settings and the wider healthcare environment throughout the UK.
Vision is the established clinical system for general practice that also helps clinicians make more informed diagnosis and treatment decisions by sharing patient records securely between accredited clinicians. It also allows patients to book their GP and nurse appointments and request repeat medication via the Internet.
INPS is a CEGEDIM company – a global organisation operating across 80 countries, specialising in CRM systems, strategic data, and technologies and services for the healthcare sector.
Better processes and service improvements top the agenda
When INPS launched a continuous improvement programme to achieve ISO 20000 certification back in 2009, the company took the decision to expand its existing service management platform, based on Sunrise Software’s flagship product Sostenuto.
According to Phil Stickland, head of service delivery of INPS: "Sostenuto promised us the ITIL-verified functionality we needed to tighten up our processes, deliver demonstrable service improvements and communicate more effectively with our customers.
"The world has become more complex. Patients are demanding a broader range of services and clinicians are looking for business continuity. At the same time, a growing dependence on the Internet makes immediacy and faster response times a priority."
Managing diverse customers and a complex set of critical systems
In 2010, INPS went live with a new version of Sostenuto to provide new support features for 2,300 customer sites and serve everyone from end-patients, GPs to clinicians and other professionals working in local healthcare communities. Sostenuto’s configurability and rich functionality enabled the Service Desk to migrate seamlessly from the old system with no impact on customers.
Automation makes light work of high volumes
INPS’s 60-strong Service Desk has utilised Sostenuto’s ITIL-verified functionality for Incident, Problem, Change and Configuration Management to manage a complex set of critical systems for patients and clinicians in the NHS.
Sostenuto allows INPS to manage and resolve a far larger number of incidents quickly and accurately. All issues coming into the Service Desk are logged and automatically escalated to staff with the right set of skills to investigate them properly. Similarly, Trusts offering their own first-line support can escalate any issues they cannot resolve themselves to INPS. When combined with Sostenuto’s advanced reporting capabilities that spot trends and identify recurring issues, INPS has a powerful tool that helps the company give prompt attention to problems and ensure the fastest possible resolution times.
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