University Hospitals Southampton is recognised as a global IT Systems leader

The Informatics team at UHS Digital has overseen development of pioneering projects to improve the delivery and efficiency of healthcare.


HICSS was initially developed in the 1990s by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) with a local software company Scorpio Information Systems Ltd. This was pioneering work to support and enhance the capabilities of clinical services in Hampshire.

In 2007 Scorpio was bought by the health IT group Ascribe who continued to extend the development of the HICSS products over the following six years. In 2013 Ascribe was acquired by EMIS Health enabling further systems development and market growth.

During 2019, EMIS and University Hospital Southampton entered into negotiations leading to UHS to re-acquiring HICSS and thus guaranteeing the development of these clinically oriented systems. From April 2020, UHS has been supporting HICSS throughout the NHS.

UHS already has extensive in-depth operational knowledge of HICSS, but more importantly we have 10,000 experts advising how to develop an EPR platform that enables best practice. That means supporting patient service delivery, focussing on user experience, promoting interoperability and open standards.

HICSS – Clinical systems developed by the NHS.

HICSS is been a leading clinical system solution provider for 20 years and has been developed in partnership with practising clinicians for use by clinicians.