West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is looking to replace its cancer information system.

The West Herts Macmillan Cancer Information Centre is currently using Chameleon IMS, supplied by Infloflex, which it deployed back in 2009 – according to Digital Health Intelligence data. With the contract due to expire in March next year, it is exploring opportunities for a new system.

The centre which provides vital information and support and for anyone living with cancer, their relatives and friends, is seeking a system which will enable compliance with the data collection and reporting and submission requirements for all aspects of cancer information. This includes national cancer audits, Cancer Waiting Times and COSD.

In its tender documents, the trust outlined that the system must also support real-time and complete monitoring and tracking of patients in MDT meetings.

“The system must enable the production of outcome reports in a format that can be shared with clinical colleagues including to the referrer as appropriate.”

“The system must be capable of interfacing with internal systems including the patient administration system and sharing documents with the Trust’s clinical portal’.”

West Hertfordshire trust provides hospital services to 550,000 people living in Hertfordshire and north London. It is one of the largest employers locally, with about 4,400 staff and 446 volunteers. Services are run across three sites at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.

Its cancer centre has been funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and developed in partnership with West Hertfordshire trust and Grove House. It is run by Macmillan patient information manager Fiona McNaband supported by trained volunteers.

The Centre sees about 2,500 patients a year with a diagnosis of cancer and is planning to enter into a five-year contract for the new cancer information system.