One of the biggest NHS trusts in London has selected Epic as its ‘preferred supplier’ for a new electronic health record (EHR) in a deal worth £175million.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust issued a tender in May 2019 which included a requirement for GPs to have direct access to the EHR, as well as having the option of linking up to King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and possibly Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.
A spokesperson for the trust confirmed that Epic was its “preferred supplier”.
“Following a competitive procurement process, we have selected Epic as the preferred supplier for our new electronic health record system and are in the process of finalising contracts following approval of the full business case,” they said.
“We will announce further details in due course.”
Guy’s and St Thomas’ follow in the footsteps of a number of NHS trusts which have selected Epic in recent months. In August 2020, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust awarded an £108m EPR contract to Epic while in June 2020 Northern Ireland signed a £275m deal with the US company to supply electronic patient records across the country.
Before that, in May 2020, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) confirmed it had selected Epic to implement an EPR as well.
Epic’s flurry of contract wins across the NHS was the topic of a Digital Health Unplugged podcast with the news team looking into why so many trusts are looking to the supplier.
The team also looked at why so many trusts are choosing Epic when it is not on NHSX’s EPR framework.