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NHS Choices contract award imminent

15th July 2008

The Department of Health will declare this week who has won the three year contract to manage NHS Choices.


On 10 July Gordon Hextall, acting head of NHS Connecting for Health, said the announcement would be made “next week.”

The process is being managed by the Department of Health, with help from NHS CfH which is responsible for the portal.

The NHS Choices project will allow more importance to "be given to transactional services such as the patient accessible HealthSpace electronic record".

Dr Foster Intelligence was given the responsibility of running the service by the DoH in April last year until March 2008.

Dr Foster Intelligence is one of six organisations which are bidding to run the service.

Other firms shortlisted are Capita, IBM, Serco, Fujitsu and Tata Consultancy.

Dr Foster has been thought the most likely to be successful in its bid to run the portal, but it faced stiff competition from companies such as IBM, which have considerable previous experience of large-scale portal management.

The announcement of the successful company was delayed to occur after Lord Darzi’s Next Stage Review of the NHS and NHS Informatics Review was published.

"The chosen supplier will be responsible for expanding and operating the existing NHS Choices web service and, as the service evolves, investigation. Where needed, it will also be responsible for the development and operation of other electronic channels including mobile, kiosk and Integrated Digital Television".


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Article Information

Title: NHS Choices contract award imminent
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 7512
Date Added: 15th Jul 2008



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