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Newcastle opts out of NPfIT

16th April 2006

A large acute trust has decided to break ranks with the NHS Connecting for Health IT programme and go out to tender for a new clinical information system.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust has advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) for a new electronic patient record (EPR) system.

The advert says that the trust requires an IT solution able to support the following elements of an EPR system "Integrated order communications/results reporting, electronic prescribing with clinical decision support and a theatre system, all of which will integrate with existing trust systems."

The OJEU notice says that the solution "will need to be compatible with the National Programme for IT through Connecting for Health, either through interfaces to existing and future local systems or through additional system modules".

The move will come as blow to Accenture, the Local Service Provider (LSP) for both the North East and East of England under the NHS IT programme. The company is already under pressure following delays in the delivery of its 'strategic' clinical software, from sub-contractor iSoft.

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