Cambridge University Hospitals signs £137m deal with HP

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) has signed a £137m deal with HP for its eHospital Program

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) has signed a £137m deal with HP for its eHospital Program.

Under the 10-year deal, HP Enterprise Services will provide Cambridge University Hospitals with enterprise applications hosting, network management and HP WorkPlace 360 services.

The could also include the delivery of new technology, such as an electronic patient record (EPR) system.

“This is the most significant decision the hospital has made in recent times, and one which is incredibly exciting and will help transform the way we deliver care to our patients,” said Keith McNeil, chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals.

“We cannot continue to deliver the highest quality of compassionate care to our patients unless we invest in IT systems to transform our services. Our patients will see significant benefits as we will be able to care for them in a safer and more effective way, spend more time with them and, very importantly, they will be much more involved in their own care.

We cannot continue to deliver the highest quality of compassionate care to our patients unless we invest in IT systems to transform our services

Keith McNeil, Cambridge University Hospitals

“All in all, the new computer system will make life simpler for staff and safer for patients – eHospital will make the right thing the easy thing to do."

Georgina O’Toole, analyst at TechMarketView, said, to date, HP has had little business in the UK health sector. “With this contract under its belt, HP will be hoping that it can benefit as hospitals increasingly invest to take advantage of modern technology to transform the delivery of patient services," she said.

“Considering the direction of travel in the healthcare sector, this is an important strategic win for HP. Though CUH has broken out the software element of the deal, given to Epic, the structure of the deal has still left HP with a significant contract covering a broad range of infrastructure and applications services,” added O'Toole.

HP also will refresh CUH’s printing environment by digitising and streamlining document-intensive processes to improve workflows in areas such as admissions, medical records and nursing stations.

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