NHS trust bypasses NPfIT to replace third-party patient admin system

By Sam Collins
12:00 AM

Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in southern England will undergo a technical refresh of an existing iSoft clinical solution, i.Clinical Manager (i.CM).

The trust awarded iSoft a £2.4 million hospital information system deal over five years. The contract is for iSoft�s i.Patient Manager (i.PM) PAS. Officials chose to contract directly with iSoft for a replacement PAS instead of waiting for a solution under England's National Programme for IT.

Heatherwood and Wexham Park serves a population of more than 450,000 in six locations: Wexham Park Hospital near Slough, Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot and hospitals and outpatient clinics in Bracknell, Maidenhead, the Chalfonts and Windsor.

This is one of the first major deals in the Southern Cluster, which was formerly serviced by Fujitsu.

Jonathan Pearce, the trust's director of infrastructure, said, "We already have a strong working relationship with iSoft as we already use its clinical information system, i.CM. We very much value our partnership with iSoft and look forward to strengthening this and working with the company to deliver the new PAS solution to the Trust."

Adrian Stevens, managing director of iSoft UK and Ireland, said, "The seamless integration with i.CM provides a complete patient and clinical management solution to better manage appointments, improve efficiency and reduce waiting times. It also provides a foundation for a smooth transition to iSoft's next generation of healthcare solutions. This underlines our position as the leading provider of healthcare solutions to the NHS."

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