More cracks in the NPfIT - or an unlocking of Trust restraints? reports that the Department of Health is allowing some trusts in the north of England to use an alternative to the Lorenzo software they were going to install from their NPfIT local service provider CSC.

A four-year £36m deal signed with McKesson covers some trusts in the North, Midlands and East of England which were due previously to take iSoft’s Lorenzo Care Records Service.

A response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act said that of the 26 trusts retaining McKesson’s Totalcare system under the deal, 18 are in CSC LSP area, and 13 of which are foundation trusts.  

The senior health analyst at Kable, Victor Almeida, said that an increased choice of suppliers is a step forward for the NHS. “McKesson is a very strong  player in the health industry, with experience implementing electronic health records in the USA and the Electronic Staff Service to the NHS in England,” he said.    

DoH ends Lorenzo northern monopoly –

CfH signs £36m McKesson deal – E-Health Insider

Is the NPfIT in London now officially in tatters? – IT Projects Blog