Reporter 409, 3 November 1997

Hospital consultants join the “net” in pioneering city-wide computer link-up

Medical, academic and research staff at United Leeds Teaching Hospitals now have the world at their fingertips thanks to an Internet deal with the University of Leeds.

Trust sites, including Leeds General Infirmary, Chapel Allerton Hospital, Cookridge Hospital and Wharfedale General Hospital, are now connected up to the University, creating the city’s largest single computer network, and allowing access to the world wide web and international email.

The move sets up the most comprehensive network access in any teaching hospital in the UK, putting Leeds at the forefront of this developing technology. Benefits for hospital staff will include the ability to communicate with other centres worldwide, allowing instant access to research literature for education and training purposes.

Dr Jon Duke, Director of the Computing Service at the University, said: “Thanks to this agreement, both organisations can pool resources, share the expense and avoid the complexity of two separate networks.”

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