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Cambridge trust sets outsourced commodity IT services market-test

David Bicknell Published 16 September 2016

Trust, which created e-Hospital programme four years ago, anticipates potential contract value of £140m over seven years


Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is to market test the commodity IT services it needs.

Its plans have emerged after the trust issued a tender for “outsourced commodity IT services for enterprise infrastructure, service desk and end user computing including the provision of server, storage, electronic patient record application, LAN and WAN”.

The tender’s estimated contract value is around £140m, with the requirements spread over two lots for a seven year period, with the option to extend for a further three years based on 12-month incremental extensions.

Lot 1, worth around £100m is for outsourced commodity IT services for enterprise infrastructure, end user computing and service desk, while Lot 2, worth £40m, is for outsourced commodity IT services for enterprise networks and security.  Tenders or requests to participate have to be received by October 10.

Explaining the move, Zafar Chaudry, chief information officer at Cambridge University Hospitals, said: “Almost four years into the eHospital programme, CUH has exponentially increased the use of its Electronic Patient Records and seen a growing demand in the size and types of commodity IT services needed by the trust.

“As such, we are market testing to ensure best value for public money to meet these needs, whilst recognising our partners, HPE, have and continue to meet their contractual obligations."

The trust’s 'eHospital' programme went live in October 2014 as part of a long-term strategy to streamline how patient data is accessed and used to enhance quality patient care. This initial tranche focused on deploying a paper-light system and encouraging bring your own device (BYOD) working.

In what was described as a first for a UK trust, Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital implemented new patient record software designed by Epic. The software was due to run across 7,000 devices either provided by or supported within the accompanying infrastructure agreement with what was then HP (now HPE). The eHospital contracts with Epic and HPE were expected to run over a ten-year period at an estimated total cost of £200m.

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