IMS Maxims has announced that it has gained accreditation to offer cloud-based services to the NHS under the government’s latest G-Cloud 10 framework.

G-Cloud 10 is initiative by the UK government to open up the procurement of public sector cloud services to a wider range of suppliers.

The framework, introduced in 2012, enables public sector organisations to access services via the Digital Marketplace.

IMS Maxim said its accreditation meant it would be able to provide ‘a range of professional implementation services that enable the NHS to achieve its sustainability and transformation plans’ via the cloud.

This includes end-to-end, cloud-based digital services designed to help trusts deploy electronic patient records (EPRs), encompassing configuration, benefits realisation, data migration, project management, software testing, and staff training tools.

Leesa Ewing, commercial director of IMS Maxims, said: “We’re delighted to achieve accreditation for the latest iteration of this important framework. It complements our Cloud first approach, which offers support to NHS customers who are increasingly wanting to adopt this way of working, particularly to improve cyber security and reduce on-site storage and maintenance costs.”

The NHS has been comparatively slow to adopt cloud-based technologies, despite it being seen as a crucial part of the healthcare industry’s digital transformation efforts.

Public cloud services were only given the green-light by NHS Digital in January this year – five years after the UK government launched its cloud-first policy for public sector IT.

Since then, NHS organisations have been quick to express enthusiasm about the potential of cloud in healthcare.

“The framework also offers NHS customers a more cost and time effective route to procure digital cloud services, so we encourage any trust considering such investment decisions to use G-Cloud 10,” said Ewing.