Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has signed a three year contract with Oasis Medical Solutions for an upgraded trust-wide patient administration system.

The trust finalised the agreement earlier this week after commencing an ASCC (Additional Supply Capability and Capacity) procurement in the spring.

The trust initially signed a three year agreement with Siemens Healthcare Services in 2002 to provide an Oasis PAS, withe the system going live the following year. The new deal for the latest version of the PAS sees the trust sign directly with Oasis.

Peter Klein, head of procurement and supplies at the trust told E-Health Insider: “The previous contract was awarded for a maximum period of seven years. The three year period was an initial period which was decided upon in relation to the then-anticipated delivery of NPfIT/CfH  systems which were expected to replace the PAS.

“However since CfH  replacement systems especially in the South haven’t become available, the initial three-year contract has been extended since then to its lawful limit which will now expire on 15 June, 2010.”

The new contract has been awarded directly to OMS and will cover the same six hospitals within the trust: Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children, Sussex Eye Hospital; Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath, Hurstwood Park Neurosurgery Centre and part of Brighton General Hospital.

Alan Carter, from Hill, Dunn Associates who assisted the trust in the procurement process, said:

“It is, essentially, the same PAS, which will be upgraded to the latest available Oasis and Oracle versions on re-implementation and with a number of enhancements including basic theatre scheduling, performance whiteboard/dashboard and comprehensive RTT, recording, derivation, calculation and reporting functionality.”

The trust has doubled the number of concurrent user licenses from 700 to 1400, to cover users of the new functionality and ensure adequate user access as the re-implementation project identifies other new users and uses for the existing PAS functionality.

Carter said that under ASCC terms he could not reveal the value of the contract but said “the trust would not be spending anymore than it was spending on its original PAS.” The original contract is thought to have been worth just under £1m.

The implementation of the PAS will begin almost immediately, with full functionality available to users before the older contract for the system expires on 15 June, 2010.

Carter added: “The contract is for three years initially as we have to anticipate a national strategic solution, but there is provision to be extended.”


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