Northern Ireland gives HP £100m health IT framework contract

The Business Services Organisation (BSO) in Northern Ireland has chosen HP to deliver IT services across the region for the next four years to Health and Social Care Northern Ireland (HSCNI) organisations.

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The Business Services Organisation (BSO) in Northern Ireland has chosen HP to deliver IT services across the region for the next four years to Health and Social Care Northern Ireland (HSCNI) organisations.

Under the £100 million framework agreement, HP will help enable key improvements to front-line services by transforming the regional health data centre infrastructure, refreshing regional services including the GP network and the Patient Administration System infrastructure. HP will also help implement a new regional e-prescribing solution to improve patient safety in relation to drug dispensing.
 
The Business Services Organisation (BSO) delivers regional ICT services for both primary and secondary care. HSCNI is responsible for the administration and delivery of all health and social care services in Northern Ireland. HP is the incumbent provider, winning the province's health technology contract in 2009.
 
“We were seeking a single technology partner to assist us in streamlining and supporting vital healthcare services for people across Northern Ireland,” said David Bingham, chief executive of BSO. “This new agreement gives BSO the opportunity to further develop the services and value for money we can deliver to our customers."
 
As part of the deal HP will manage multiple partner and SME organisations in the delivery of products and services, including the regional e-prescribing solution, for which HP will provide hardware and software, programme and implementation services and ongoing IT service management, said BSO.

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