East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has chosen Philips Healthcare to provide its IT and archiving systems in a “multi-million pound” joint procurement.
Philips will supply its PACS, RIS and vendor neutral archiving (VNA) systems across six NHS trusts. Philips PACS is a medical image and information management system, and RIS is used by radiologists to store patient data.
Each trust will have its own local systems as well as access to a central data archive. The trusts are planning to buy a managed service for PACS, RIS and VNA.
Philips was one of the three remaining bidders of the Sussex and Surrey collaborative procurement tender, replacing the National Programme for IT.
Philips Healthcare managing director John Atwill said: “Philips is delighted to be awarded preferred bidder status – especially so, given that the Sussex and Surrey collaborative is the first in NHS South to make this announcement following the DoH’s decision to discontinue the provision of national contracts for radiology systems beyond June next year.”
The six trusts taking part in the collaborative procurement are: East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, West Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Surrey Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The systems are expected to be implemented by March 2013.