Growth hopes for healthcare IT firm

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HEALTHCARE software specialist EMIS says 2013 is turning out to be one of its busiest years yet.

EMIS develops software that is used by more than half of the GP practices in the UK to store the records of 39 million patients.

Its software also lets them make appointments and order repeat prescriptions online.

The group, whose managing director, Neil Laycock is the former head of Sheffield-based ISP, PlusNet, employs a team of internet experts, in Sheffield.

After revitalising EMIS’s leading health information site, Patient.co.uk, the teamhas gone on to work on a range of new innovations including Smartphone Apps.

Apps have been developed to help sufferers from ailments including migraine, depression, diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome.

Other Apps include a weight tracker, sleep diary, an App that uses the Smartphone’s GPS system to find the nearest public toilet and a Patient Access App that lets the user book appointments and repeat prescriptions, using their mobile ‘phone.

“So far 2013 has been one of the busiest periods ever for EMIS Group. We expect this to continue” said chief executive Chris Spencer, announcing the group’s half-year results.

Mr Spencer says EMIS will improve its profit performance in the second half of the year and is planning to extending its activities by developing products for ophthalmology and specialist and acute care.

EMIS saw revenue rise from £43.2 million in the first half of 2013 to £47.1 million for the same period this year.

Pre-tax profit was unchanged at £12 million and the group has increased its interim dividend from 7.1p to 8p.