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Cambridge University Hospitals signs £200m 'eHospital' contracts

Charlotte Jee Published 05 April 2013

Epic to deliver software and systems with HP providing hardware and infrastructure


Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust and Papworth Hospital have signed contracts with HP and Epic for their joint 'eHospital' programme.

The contracts are worth £200m over a 10 year term and will see the companies deliver clinical information and decision support systems, an electronic patient records (EPR) system, and supporting technology and infrastructure.

Epic will be responsible for providing the EPR software and systems, while HP will supply infrastructure services, hosting, and document management.

As part of the programme, HP will provide clinicians with tablet, handheld and mobile devices to access, report and communicate information faster. However there will also be a BYOD element to the project, with staff able to access the EPR on their own devices.

According to a statement from CUH, "eHospital will enable clinical and front-line staff at Addenbrooke's and the Rosie hospitals to access all relevant patient information whenever and wherever they need it."

CUH said that the new system "will support clinical decisions, lead to better prescribing and improved patient communications, and more effective management of hospital services", adding that in future it plans to allow patients to access their medical records online.

The statement explains that the programme is "expected to start delivering tangible benefits within 12 months and the electronic patient record is planned to be operational by late 2014."

The eHospital procurement has been significantly delayed since it was initially mooted in 2011, with one of the losing bidders, Cerner, lodging an unsuccessful challenge in July 2012 regarding the fairness and transparency of the tender process.

Dr Keith McNeil, CUH chief executive, said, "This is the most significant decision the hospital has made in recent times, and one which is incredibly exciting and will help transform the way we deliver care to our patients.

"eHospital is about putting our patients - their outcomes and safety - first, and always. We cannot continue to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients unless we invest in technology to enable us to transform our services," he added

"Our patients will see significant benefits as we will be able to care for them in a safer and more effective way, spend more time with them and, very importantly, they will be able to be much more involved in their own care.

"All-in-all the new computer system will make life simpler for staff and safer for patients. eHospital will make the right thing the easy thing to do.

"The whole of the NHS recognises that improving the safety and quality of patient care is paramount and our eHospital programme will show just how these sorts of technologies can enable us to deliver the highest standards of healthcare," he concluded.

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