With over a decade working at the forefront of health IT for firms such as NCR Healthcare, iSOFT and Intouch with Health, Lorimer brings with him a breadth and depth of knowledge and wide range of contacts from across the healthcare sector.
He will look to build on the success Cambio has had in the Nordic region, where it is a fundamental part of the technology-enabled integrated care model that the UK is looking to emulate, and which was reiterated in the recent Spending Review.
Building on the NHS Five Year Forward View, Chancellor George Osborne promised investment of £1bn in health technology over five years, so that by 2020 integrated care records will give every health and care professional concerned with an individual’s care the information they need to provide safe and prompt care.
Cambio COSMIC, which has been in use in The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust since 2014, has impressive credentials to help achieve this vision. COSMIC works with half of Sweden's public healthcare organisations, and supports a single patient record in use across Greenland and the Faroe Islands for all health and care providers through to tertiary care hospitals. In Denmark, the COSMIC system in Region South has 23,000 registered users, proving Cambio can support large complex implementations with multiple users from across health and social care.
Lorimer will apply his energy and belief in the benefit that healthcare IT can bring to promote Cambio’s COSMIC electronic patient record (EPR) system, its patient administration system (PAS) and clinical decision support solutions, to the acute, community, mental health, social and patient portal markets in the UK, and show how it can help health and care economies deliver technology-enabled person-centred care.
"Cambio has the technology and the team that can make the most impact for patients across multiple care providers," he said. "There is a great deal of similarity in the leading EPR systems' functionality, however Cambio is different because we work very closely with our customers to help them achieve what they want to achieve and at a cost that is easily justified. We do this by using a substantial product development capability coupled with a proven implantation methodology to support the future of health and care delivery. Cambio is capable and caring with experienced highly skilled staff dedicated to working in a true partnership with our customers."
Cambio's COSMIC EPR is an open modular system that supports clinical and administrative processes across healthcare organisations of all sizes and care settings. It can scale according to the emerging needs of NHS and other care providers, so that it can support their patient safety, integrated care and clinical efficiency ambitions.
Cambio is a founding member of the openEHR foundation. The system has been developed to support the integrated care delivery models in use across the Nordics, building on its Swedish roots. Integrating care around the needs of the individual is a priority for the UK government, and was a key theme for the recent Spending Review. Ireland, too, is looking to deliver more person-centred care.
From its work at Princess Alexandra and private healthcare providers, Cambio has the UK infrastructure in place, and a product developed with extensive healthcare input, that can help the NHS and other health and social care providers meet these ambitions.
Cambio also has the insight to meet the emerging needs of UK health and social care, with its increasing focus on involving patients in their own care.
"Getting the patient more involved in their care will be extremely important going forward, with patient portals coming to the fore," said Lorimer. "Our system can support this, as well as deliver clinical decision support solutions that can recommend the best in care. Cambio already supports such delivery of care in the Nordic market; we can offer this to the UK and Ireland as well."
Tomas Mora-Morrison, founder and innovation director, Cambio Healthcare Systems said: "Gordon will now play a key role in helping to grow the market in the UK and Ireland. We believe his strong track record provides the credentials to enable him to achieve this, whilst his passion for healthcare technology fits well with our culture of delivering services and solutions that can bring about real change for our customers. We look forward to working with healthcare providers to demonstrate how we can help them realise their goals at scale and pace, and at a cost that is affordable to meet their specific needs."
Lorimer moved into healthcare IT after several years in the City. He then worked across primary, secondary and mental health care settings, and experienced the NHS' National Programme for IT.
As managing director of Intouch with Health, he established and led a new company division that grew to become the core part of the re-born and rejuvenated business. This was a significant turnaround and led to impressive business growth for the supplier of self service and patient flow management solutions to the NHS acute sector. He took them to be market leader in terms of the number of kiosks used by NHS acute trusts.
At Cambio, Lorimer will focus the business on where its solutions can deliver a major difference to patient safety and organisational efficiency in creating strong safe solutions to demanding Customer requirements.
"We want to grow at a pace in the UK and Ireland that allows us to do what we do best - high quality complex implementations that make the most use of our functionally rich, but useable, clinical systems and realise the enormous potential of digital healthcare," said Lorimer.
About Cambio Healthcare Systems
Cambio Healthcare Systems is a market leading Electronic Patient Record (EPR) company headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden with offices in the UK, Sweden, Denmark and Sri-Lanka. Cambio COSMIC® is a patient-centred integrated EPR system for comprehensive and clinical healthcare solutions with a focus on patient safety. Cambio COSMIC® offers solutions within all healthcare sectors and is used by over 100,000 clinicians and healthcare professionals. COSMIC® has been deployed as a single hospital site and as a regional system across primary, secondary and community care settings.
CAMBIO empowers healthcare providers to deliver better, safer patient care. It does this through its COSMIC EPR that delivers value for money through an intuitive, integrated and scalable platform. Designed to support clinical and administrative processes across healthcare organisations of all sizes and care settings, the system enables the ability to transform patient care and outcomes, whilst significantly improving efficiencies whilst achieving government targets.
Cambio's COSMIC is a proven EPR that can be deployed to a time and scale to support the changing needs of the organisation and the health and care economy as a whole. It can help healthcare providers across the UK and Ireland to deliver improvements in: