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Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has signed up to a five-year contract with Capita-owned public services network supplier Updata to upgrade its networks.
The contract also covers the trust’s eight partner organisations, such as Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, Central Southern Commissioning Support Unit and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group – and is managed by Countywide IT services on behalf of the trust.
Updata will manage a range of services for the trust and its partners, including a wide area network, a local area network infrastructure and services, and a virtual private network so users can work remotely.
Countywide IT service director Zack Pandor said the trust is looking forward to “enhance the network facilities”.
“The new contract will provide greater flexibility, service transparency and value for money, while improving the service for staff,” he added.
The trust is also planning to go live with the first phase of its new electronic patient record system TrakCare on 9 September 2016 – a significant step for the organisation in becoming paperless at the point of care. The roll-out of the new system is likely to put pressure on its network services.
By 12 September, the roll-out of a patient administration system, emergency department, theatre scheduling and maternity modules will be live across the trust. In November it will continue by rolling out pharmacy, pathology and order communcications modules.
In 2017, the trust will phase in several new modules such as electronic prescribing, clinical decision support and clinical noting. The trust is the third in England to go live with the TrakCare patient record system, which is already used across Scotland.