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NHS Productivity Boost with V6 Launch for Eclipse-fm(R) Facilities Management Software

2011-04-19

April 19, 2011, Press Dispensary. Asckey Data Services Ltd ( http://www.asckey.com ), development partner for the Healthcare Facilities Consortium (HFC - http://www.hfc.org.uk ) , is releasing the latest version of its Eclipse-fm® facilities management system for hospitals. Version six of Eclipse-fm® increases planned preventive maintenance (PPM) scheduling flexibility, adds stock management with mobile devices (PDAs) and features a revised web helpdesk module. Eclipse-fm® V6 is already being used by NHS Facilities Management to streamline its operations.

Eclipse-fm® has a strong track record as a respected facilities and asset management system which benefits from a continuous history of more than 25 years of NHS focused development for  the Healthcare Facilities Consortium. With Eclipse-fm® V6, NHS facilities managers can program maintenance tasks to match their detailed equipment needs, while also retaining a ‘default’ maintenance schedule for equipment.

Phil Wright, Asckey’s NHS account manager, explains: “Eclipse-fm® V6 simplifies the definition of maintenance tasks, combining a ‘one size fits all’ basic definition with ad hoc changes that handle specific circumstances that can arise. It is designed to provide increased flexibility when managing the library of PPM definitions.”

Meanwhile, the mobile device provisions included in Eclipse-fm® V6 allow stock issues and stock checks to be carried out ‘on the fly’. PDAs and smartphones with bar code readers can be used in the stock location, whether fixed or mobile, with full synchronisation to the trust stores database. This eliminates the need for paper-based records that will require later updates.

Furthermore, the Web Eclipse module of Eclipse-fm® V6 has been improved to provide a more interactive system that allows general ward staff to raise and track the progress of help desk tasks. This saves time and resources by reducing the need for internal telephone calls, while also avoiding the need to transcribe phone and email-generated requests.

Parminder Singh Bilkhu, EBME manager, of Dudley Primary Care Trust, says: “The new Web Eclipse module is more user-friendly and easier to use, especially when imputing new jobs. Navigating between the windows has been simplified, as has the ability to view information from previously logged jobs. It is making our life easier.”

Phil Wright concludes: “Facilities management personnel have contributed greatly to the development of our Eclipse-fm® system and this latest release, V6, resulting in software that is truly ‘by the NHS for the NHS’.”

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About Asckey Data Services
Asckey Data Services Ltd is an application development company that uses Visual DataFlex to create web database applications that are used by the Department of Health. Its prime Windows/web facilities management system, Eclipse-fm®, is used by many UK NHS Trusts, with several implementations hosted at Asckey’s server facilities via the NHS’s private ‘Connecting for Health’ intranet and Windows Terminal Services. Asckey Data Services has been the chosen Eclipse-fm® development partner for the Healthcare Facilities Consortium since 2000, and the two organisations work closely together in defining the development direction for the Eclipse-fm® system.

About the Healthcare Facilities Consortium
The Healthcare Facilities Consortium (HFC) is a specialist company that provides software, information and management support services to professionals working in facilities, estates and related functions in the UK health sector and – increasingly – other business sectors. The company works in close association with a range of other representative and specialist groups involved in the Health and FM arena, including HefmA, AHCP, HFS, IHEEM, Welsh and Northern Ireland Health Estates and the NHS Confederation. See http://www.hfc.org.uk .

For further information, please contact:
Bernard Hill, Commercial Director
Asckey Data Services Ltd
Tel: 0845 270 7747
Email:
Site: www.asckey.com

Product website: http://www.eclipse-fm.co.uk/

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Bernard Hill, Commercial Director
Tel: 0845 270 7747
Email:
Site: www.asckey.com

Product website: http://www.eclipse-fm.co.uk/

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