Fujitsu Services Helps National Health Service Improve Healthcare

1/30/2004 - Fujitsu Services announced that it has been appointed the Local Service Provider (LSP) for the Southern cluster; including Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire Somerset and Dorset, Avon Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall, in an £896 million contract.

The contract will help the National Health Service (NHS) in its drive to improve healthcare for patients in the South of England. The contract runs to 2013.

Fujitsu will introduce electronic patient records throughout the region, integrating existing electronic records where possible, and implementing new systems when appropriate. Training will be provided to ensure the full benefits of the system are realised.

“Authorised NHS staff, such as GPs or hospital clinicians, will have access to a patient’s NHS Care Record from any location in England, allowing healthcare workers to access the right information instantly, from hospital to GP surgery. This will make a real difference to clinicians by increasing the time they can spend on patient care” said David Courtley, chief operating officer of Fujitsu Services.

The changes will benefit 13 million patients and some 256,000 NHS staff across 7 Strategic Health Authorities, 81 Primary Care Trusts, 48 Hospital Trusts, 18 Mental Health Trusts, 12 Ambulance Trusts and 1,938 GP practices.

David Courtley continued, "Fujitsu has assembled the players needed to ensure the NHS derives the benefits it expects from this ambitious modernisation programme. We recognise that our role is to enable the Southern region to make the dramatic improvements in healthcare this programme envisages.”

Richard Granger, director general of NHS IT says, “I am delighted that we are now working with Fujitsu in implementing such an important element of the National Programme for IT, which will provide every patient with an individual NHS Care Record. Fujitsu’s commitment to this project has been clearly demonstrated throughout the procurement process and I look forward to working with them to deliver a world-class solution to patients and healthcare professionals alike."

The team, known as the Fujitsu Alliance, comprises Fujitsu as prime contractor; IDX Systems Corporation for the core clinical application; Tata Consultancy Services, a division of TATA Sons, for clinical application implementation and data migration; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for security and training; and BT for systems integration.

The Department of Health invited suppliers to bid for the Local Service Provider (LSP) contracts for the National Programme in February 2003. Of the 99 companies that responded, 31 were selected in May for the next phase of the bidding process. In August the list was reduced to 12 suppliers who were allocated to one or more of five regions in England based on their preference and suitability.

About Fujitsu Services
Fujitsu Services is one of the leading IT services companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa. It has an annual turnover of Ł1.86 billion (€2.8bn), employs 13,100 people and operates in over 20 countries. It designs, builds and operates IT systems and services for customers in the financial services, telecom, retail, utilities, healthcare and government markets. Its core strength is the delivery of IT infrastructure management and outsourcing across desktop, networking and data centre environments, together with a full range of related services, from infrastructure consulting through integration and deployment.

Headquartered in London, Fujitsu Services is the European-centred IT services arm of the Fujitsu Group. The Fujitsu Group is a US$38 billion (€35 billion) leader in customer-focused IT systems and services for the global marketplace.

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