The NHS and Cable & Wireless have completed the migration of the health service’s staff email systems to Microsoft Exchange 2007.
The project was the “largest ever" user migration of its kind to Microsoft Exchange 2007, according to Connecting for Health, which runs the systems.
Cable & Wireless initially took over the NHSmail contract from EDS in 2004 and replaced the EDS run mixture of bespoke software and Sun Microsystems messaging servers with a system from Mirapoint.
The NHS decided to move to Microsoft Exchange in March 2007, claiming the 2007 version of the software had a better “look and feel” than Mirapoint, and that it offered greater functionality including SMS text messages via email, which are used “extensively” for appointment reminders.
There were also better shared folder and calendar systems under the new systems, and higher security for sensitive messages including medical test results, it said.