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Highly Experienced Healthcare Consultant Appointed to Strengthen SynApps’s Rapid Growth in This Key Vertical

To satisfy market demand, seasoned industry consultant and sales leader Tony Backhouse joins SynApps Solutions to strengthen healthcare team

 Maidenhead, UK – 7th  April, 2014 SynApps Solutions, the content management solutions company, is delighted to announce the appointment of highly experienced public sector technology consultant Tony Backhouse.

In response to increased growth in demand for the firm’s innovative VNA (Vendor Neutral Archive) based electronic patient record (EPR) systems in the NHS, SynApps has headhunted Backhouse to join its new healthcare division.

Backhouse, a seasoned professional with a strong track record in both the public and private sector, brings a combination of fifteen years of enterprise-level experience gained working with large organisations, plus leadership on a wide range of major IT-led business transformation programmes – including in the health service.

Along with a series of senior roles for global IT services group Logica, Atos Consulting and Sema Consulting, Backhouse was most recently Head of Healthcare at Enterprise Information Management firm OpenText, responsible for building a new health practice in the UK. Now he is to lend his considerable skills and contacts to SynApps’ rapid expansion into the health market.

This is based on a new approach being offered to Trusts to build a ground-level EPR, which extends proven PACS (X-Ray database) systems as the basis for a new form of patient data platform.  

Major hospital Trusts including The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen, Kingston and Liverpool Women’s Hospitals are already committed to the SynApps VNA EPR approach as their route tothe paperless, data-sharing NHS envisaged by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt for 2018.

Backhouse says he accepted the SynApps opportunity, as he is an admirer of the firm’s approach and company culture.

“It’s a smart and comprehensive solution promising huge benefits for hospitals and I am convinced it has a great future as the basis for a new form of EPR that will really deliver for the NHS.

“SynApps has an enviable list of customers and an outstanding solution,” he adds.

“The potential of the SynApps solution, combined with a market that has exceptional growth potential, is a truly exciting challenge.”

For Jim Whitelaw, Managing Director of SynApps, “It is our aim to position SynApps as the primary provider of solutions for NHS-wide electronic patient records.”

“Tony’s considerable experience and solid track record in transformational engagements for public sector clients, combined with our own outstanding technology solution, will meet that goal – and help grow SynApps business significantly in this expanding and important market.”

About SynApps

SynApps is an independent services and solutions company specialising in Enterprise Content Management (ECM) technologies. Founded in 2003 by former Documentum services professionals, SynApps provides consultancy, implementation and support services for EMC Documentum and Alfresco, and has authored a suite of content integration solutions, ConXApps, that allow businesses to quickly maximise their investment in ECM technologies.

Organisations across healthcare, government and commercial markets rely on SynApps solutions and services to capture and share knowledge more dynamically and efficiently.

Find out more at synapps-solutions.com, or follow us on Twitter @SynAppsSol

More Information

Carina Birt

PR for SynApps Solutions

Tel: +44 1722 322916

E-mail: carina@sarumpr.com

Liverpool’s James Norman to Present at the SynApps VNA Event

Maidenhead – Feb 17th, 2014 – SynApps has finalised the agenda for its VNA event on March 17th to be held at the Foresight Centre in Liverpool starting at 0930.

The event follows the very successful format delivered last year at the Kings Fund in London – The Journey from VNA Repatriation via EDM to Content Sharing (XDS)

The day begins with registration at 0930 and includes speakers such as Neil Taylor, James Norman from the Royal Liverpool, Mark Winstone and Rory Dennis from NHS Supply Chain.

James Norman, director of IT at Royal Liverpool will present his talk entitled ‘An EPR Odyssey & Collaborative Big Data Initiatives’ and will be followed by SynApps’s Mark Winstone speaking on ‘The Journey from VNA to Cross Document Sharing’.

The event ends with a complimentary lunch at 1:00pm.

Register to attend this free event today.  Email Gary.Britnell@synapps-solutions.co.uk

Kings Fund – October 15th – Unveiling Sectra Open Archive with SynApps VNA

On Tuesday, October 15th SynApps, Sectra, EMC Documentum and NHS Supply Chain will gather to present ‘PACS Repatriation – Underway? Completed? Not off the block yet? – and use the event to unveil the Sectra Open Archive with SynApps VNA.

The event targets NHS Trusts irrespective of where they are in their PACS repatriation process and will discuss the options available and unveil the opportunities to move to an Interim or Trust-wide Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA).

Attendees will also hear from Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on its decisin to deploy Sectra Open Archive with SynApps VNA and join discussions on the considerations for cross document sharing, XDS and XCA.

EMC Documentum’s Jean VanVuuren will present an optional post-lunch presentation entitled ‘Towards a Trust-Wide VNA’.

Nubmers are limited for this event. To book your place please email Gary Britnell (gary.britnell@

Why Does VNA Matter – and How Do You Identify it?


In this series of blogs we’ve been arguing that a Vendor-Neutral Archive (VNA) approach – where VNA needs to be read as describing a medical imaging system that can support the exchange of medical image content, however and wherever it has been generated – is a highly promising new way of thinking about building common NHS-wide electronic medical records, which the National Programme failed to do