IT contracts could save NHS £30m


IT contracts could save NHS £30m

Karen Gomm
The national programme for IT in the NHS has signed contracts with six software suppliers which it estimates will save the taxpayer £30m.

The agreements with Cisco, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, SeeBeyond, Sun Microsystems and Tata Consultancy Services are part of the £2.3bn programme to modernise NHS IT systems.

Under the arrangement, Cisco will supply networking equipment to a range of existing national programme suppliers, including Atos Origin and BT, which will use it for the national data spine and the NHS Care Records Service.

EMC storage technology will be used to help meet the data management demands of the NHS Care Records Service. In addition, NHS organisations will be able to take advantage of discounted rates on EMC systems through the supplier's partner network.

Hewlett-Packard will help support NHS datacentres, and Sun will provide enterprise software, hardware and related services to a range of national programme suppliers.

Gordon Hextall, chief operating officer for the national programme, said, "Innovative arrangements such as these are an example of the national programme ensuring that the NHS gets the best value for the systems and services it procures that help deliver significant benefits for patient and clinicians alike.

"The arrangements we have with these suppliers will help ensure a modernised NHS supported by quality IT systems."

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