EPR tender issued by Devon and Somerset21st March 2013
Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust are looking to invest millions of pounds in a new electronic patient record system.
The trusts have gone out to tender for an EPR record system worth up to £35m, according to a notice published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The executive teams of the two trusts are also “exploring whether closer partnership working has the potential to improve the quality, sustainability and viability of clinical services for the population of Devon and Somerset,” according to the notice.
They have indicated that they view a shared EPR solution as a “major strategic consideration.”
The 10-year contract could be worth up to £20m, with an option to extend for five years beyond that.
Taunton is one of nine Cerner live sites in the South that need to procure a replacement for their Millennium EPR beyond October 2015, though the Royal Devon is not one of the Cerner live sites.
Taunton and Somerset, and Devon, already share some clinical services, and see working closer on an EPR as a potential next step.
Taunton and Somerset’s IT director Malcolm Senior said: “The business strategy could link clinicians between the two hospitals, so having the IT connected could be advantageous and we wanted to provide an option in the procurement for the two trusts to consider taking the same IT.”
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