Ascribe and Microsoft to sponsor Healthcare IT Conference

Conference to focus on using IT systems to improve Patient care & safety

Westhoughton, (PresseBox) - Ascribe plc (AIM:ASP), the health IT Group, today announced that together with Microsoft, it had signed a sponsorship agreement to support a healthcare conference to be held in London on November 6th. The conference, "Knowledge-driven Health Care Solutions:

Improving Patient Outcomes and Service Delivery" is being organised by Neil Stewart Associates and will be held at the Royal College of Physicians.

The conference will feature eminent Health care specialists including:
- Roy Lilley, Independent Health Expert
- Dr Dipak Kalra, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Health Informatics, Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education (CHIME) at UCL
- Andy James, Assistant Chief Executive, Turning Point
- Dr Brian Fisher, GP, The Record Access Collaborative
- Dr Amir Hannan, Partner, Thornley House Medical Centre, Hyde, Cheshire
- Johan Taylor, Practice Manager, Marple Cottage Surgery, Stockport
- David Morgan, ENT Consultant, Heart of England Foundation Trust and Founding Director of Safe Surgery Systems

The main purpose of the conference is to Showcase new IT opportunities and look at how IT is impacting the personalisation of care and how it is capable of improving the delivery of services across the entire NHS.

As a part of this analysis, the conference will also examine and debate the benefits of Electronic Healthcare Records and report on how they can best ensure that all parties involved in a patient's management have access to accurate data to inform their decision making and improve patient care.

Another key aspect of this conference will be gaining a better understanding of the impact that IT solutions can have on patient safety and how systems can help NHS managers and frontline staff to manage risk. The Conference will also discuss the current National IT Programme and look at ways of encouraging local innovations to drive forward the modernisation of the NHS.

"Ascribe is proud to sponsor this event and enable a conference exploring and debating the delivery of improved patient care and safety with IT systems," said Stephen Critchlow, Executive Chairman of Ascribe, "starting from what has and can be achieved today we will explore future achievable strategies for healthcare improvement through IT."

"Microsoft is pleased to be able to support this important event highlighting the benefits to patient safety through the exploitation of IT solutions " commented John Coulthard, Director of Health, Microsoft UK, "presenting the right information on the right patient to the right clinician at the right time, is fundamental to reducing clinical errors and improving the patient experience."

About Microsoft
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ASCRIBE

Ascribe plc is a leading healthcare company that develops and markets software solutions supporting patient, clinical and business processes to Primary & Secondary healthcare providers in the UK and overseas.

Ascribe is committed to providing technologies that improve patient safety standards and the company's solutions directly improve patient care and deliver financial savings to customers. The group sells directly to hospitals and Primary Care Trusts rather than through centrally driven political initiatives.

The Group provides solutions to clinical professionals in all healthcare sectors; customers include Emergency and Minor Injuries Units, Mental Health and Social Care Units, Hospitals requiring patient administration systems (PAS) and medical equipment management, Hospital and Retail Pharmacies, and General Practice surgeries. Offering patient and decision support information to these clinicians in context with their activity is the key to the company's ongoing success.

Ascribe plc was floated on AIM in 2004, and currently employs over 220 personnel in the UK, Hong Kong, Kenya, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, please visit www.ascribe.com.

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