Berkshire choses UPMC for Cerner system


University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre has been selected as a partner by Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a new electronic patient record system. Implementation of new Cerner system will take place outside of the National Programme for IT in the NHS. This will take place through a joint venture with UPMC that will develop new service delivery models at the foundation trust. However, the confirmation was declined by the trust that the trust had selected a preferred supplier.

A similar deal was struck between Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and UPMC, in April 2008. The deal entailed provision of Cerner Millennium EPR to trust by Newcastle; which included inpatient order entry, patient administration, pharmacy management, accident and emergency services and operating room systems. To ensure receipt of the required IT systems, the Chairman of Royal Berkshire revealed, in June 2008, that the trust was looking outside the national programme. Trust under the influence of legal advise and strategic health authority, concluded with termination of Fujitsu’s LSP contract. And it was later in August that trust had put an advert in the Official Journal of the European Union for a new EPR system. It was in form of a tender document that specified the need for a full EPR system, over a seven year period, that would be able to integrate with existing trust systems. In May BT, the LSP for London, was awarded a UK


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