Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals has selected Cerner as preferred supplier for its £25m electronic patient record.

The contract was due to begin in April 2021 and run until March 31, 2026, according to government information. The terms of the agreement are still being negotiated, but the contract was expected to be signed soon.

Cerner was selected after a competitive procurement process and will replace the trusts existing DXC electronic patient record (EPR).

According to Digital Health Intelligence data, DXC was selected as the trusts EPR supplier in 1995. The contract expired on March 31, 2021.

Epsom and St Helier’s deal with Cerner follows a suite of contracts being awarded to the US tech company.

In December 2020 County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust signed a 10-year deal with Cerner for the implementation of an integrated EPR solution, Digital Health News exclusively revealed.

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust and The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust also signed an agreement with Cerner to implement an integrated electronic health record (EHR).

The partnership was signed in February 2020 and will see the two organisations join the Cerner Millennium EHR platform which is already in use at neighbouring Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The next trust to announced a deal with Cerner was East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust which will use the suppliers Millennium platform to replace paper-based records and other electronic processes and will create a single source of clinical information.

DXC and the National Programme for IT

DXC Technology’s Lorenzo EPR system was one of the systems prescribed under the National Programme for IT. It was the local service provider for the North, Midlands and East of England under the programme and was one of the biggest EPR suppliers in the country around the same time.

Several trusts have since moved away from the system, including Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which went live with an EPR from System C last year.

DXC Technology recently completed the sale of its healthcare provider software business to Dedalus Group. The deal was originally announced in July 2020 and DXC said it expects to receive around £350million ($450million) from the deal.

In an interview with Digital Health News Dedalus’ regional general manager for the UK and Ireland, Colin Henderson and Will Smart, the former NHS national CIO and now global director of external relations at Dedalus, spoke of what’s next for the company, including the need for better integration and movement of data.