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Cerner tipped for contracts

24th June 2006

There is a high probability that clinical software firm Cerner will replace GE Healthcare as the main supplier of clinical systems to the NHS in London according to a recent US analyst report. The report, by Boston-based analysts Leerink Swann, predicts that there is a higher than 90% chance of Cerner winning at least one additional regional contract with potential for the company to eventually have four of the regional contracts. 

If a change does occur it is likely to result in further delivery delays to modernising NHS IT systems in the capital, as part of the late running £6.2bn NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT).   BT was awarded a ten-year £996m contract to upgrade NHS IT systems across the capital but has so far implemented the software at just one hospital trust.

BT is understood to have been examining options for a replacement for GE owned IDX since the beginning of the year due to the difficulties in delivering the system across the capital.  Since buying IDX Corporation in January GE Healthcare has been the main sub-contractor to BT in London and the report indicates that the sub-contractors have been seeking to renegotiate elements of the NHS contract they inherited with BT.

It is understood that any split would be amicably arranged, enabling BT to enter into a new contract with Cerner thus “allowing for a more rapid deployment of systems in this politically sensitive region.?

In addition to a possible change in London, the report says there is an outside chance that Cerner may eventually replace iSoft in the two Accenture regions – the North-east and East. The probability of Cerner holding contracts for four regions is put at less than 20%.   An announcement is expected by mid-July.


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