University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust has selected System C to provide it with a new patient administration and electronic patient record system.
System C will supply the trust with its Medway PAS/EPR product under a seven year deal.
The value of the contract, which includes full data migration, localisation and implementation and support, has not been disclosed.
The new system will replace the trust’s Patient Administration System suite (HP-EDS Swift).
The trust has also purchased Medway departmental systems for A&E, maternity and theatres, the clinical data collection module and the data warehouse and reporting system, Medway Business Intelligence.
System C’s portal product, Medway Connect, will be used to integrate a range of third party and trust-developed applications, including Medicode and Sunquest ICE.
As reported by eHealth Insider in May, University Hospitals Bristol had shortlisted Cerner and System C following a OJEU procurement begun in October 2010.
Stephen Hann, clinical systems programme director for the trust, said: “We chose Medway because we are a large and complex trust and we needed a strategic product that could be configured to meet the needs of all of our users.”
Hann described Medway as “a modern system, built specifically for the NHS." He added: “This is a step-change in PAS and clinical functionality for the trust and will allow us to realise many benefits for patients and staff.”
Hann said that Medway had been the clear choice of “the many hospital staff involved in the evaluation process." He added. “We are now looking forward to working collaboratively with System C’s teams in partnership for many years to come.”
University Hospitals Bristol is one of the largest complex acute NHS trusts in England, and a leading research centre.
With an income last year of £507m, the trust employs over 7,500 people, delivering more than 100 different clinical services from nine hospitals in Bristol.
Dr Ian Denley, System C chief executive, said: “We have spent many years developing the latest .NET Medway product and building the capacity and capability to deploy it in volume.
"Being selected by University Hospitals Bristol is a huge vote of confidence for our people and for Medway.”
Markus Bolton, director of sales and strategy for System C, commented: “We are delighted to have been chosen by University Hospitals Bristol on a project of this size and complexity.”
The EPR deal is the second in a week for System C, which last week was awarded a similar contract by Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust. In April, Medway was also selected by The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.
University Hospitals Bristol planned to implement Cerner Millennium under the National Programme for IT in the NHS in 2009, hoping that the benefits of an integrated, national Cerner solution would be realised by 2011.
Neighbouring North Bristol NHS Trust is in the midst of implementing Cerner Millennium, supplied by BT as part of its deal to support 'live' Cerner sites and deliver three greenfield Cerner sites in the South of England.
US healthcare giant McKesson, which has 26 NHS trusts in England running legacy PAS products, this week completed its acquisition of System C for £87m.
© 2011 EHealth Media.
one small step for Bristol, one giant leap for the NHS of todayIt is I, LeClerc 215 weeks ago
What ever the background, or even if a patient portal takes off, its good to see progress at Bristol with a good product.
Many will remember the dance that the SW Trusts were led during the SW Procurement of last decade. In many ways the SW IT team and products (later sold to EDS) were ground breakers. Both in organisational structure and range/quality of their integrated systems they delivered what NPfIT failed to. So it was such a pity that that senior NHS IT leadership missed that lesson and opportunity (and yes, some of them are still in positions of power).
What ever our individual preferences, given the paralised state of NHS IT these days its good to see a trust investing in a well regarded product from a well regarded company. good luck to them.
An after thought might be, lets hope they also invest in the training and procedure management needed to make the most of their purchases.
Bad news for patientsHolistic 215 weeks ago
In a city where many patients have care in both instututions, it is a huge pity that their needs have been ranked below other organizational considerations. What is the likelihood that ConnectingCare will deliver any clinical benefit in the next 5 years?
The same paths were not availableNeo 215 weeks ago
It will not take long at all for the trust that made the best decision to show itself. Especially from the perspective of users who work across both organisations.
Perhaps the trusts were in different financial situations. I am sure this would be a key reason for the different paths taken here.
Congratulations but why different to NBT, did they get it so wrong?It is I, LeClerc 215 weeks ago
While both of Bristol's trusts have selected good IT products, one has to wonder why they didn't select the same ones.
Common to many cities, for years the Bristol has talked about a merger programme, even if only in some form of confederation, perhaps to match a GP Consortia. As a fair proportion of patients, GPs and clinical staff will be moving between or using both organisations. Then there is the whole community aspect. All
easier done with a single patient record.
Is this representative of the individuality of thinking that FT logic brings? What a pity national strategy has failed so badly.