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UCLH partners with Atos for 10 year digital transformation push

Neil Merrett Published 04 January 2017

Company will provide end-user technology, SIAM and private cloud data functions as part of 'core' outsourcing agreement valued at £130m


University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust has selected Atos to serve as its digital transformation partner in order to overhaul patient care services under a ten year outsourcing contract.

The price of the contract is valued at £130m, which will cover all costs of the “core” services provided by Atos to the trust.

These functions will include managing end-user technology, service desk and application management functions, as well as information security, SIAM and private cloud data services.

Additional costs may then be occurred on a project by project basis for digital transformation functions such as architecture and data services, according to the company.

The trust’s contract with Atos is anticipated to commence shortly, with an exact start date yet to be confirmed.  However, the company expects to take full control of services under the contract by July 2017 following a six-month transition period.

The contract can also be extended for two additional twelve month periods.

UCLH deputy chief executive Neil Griffiths said the trust had opted to sign the contract as part of efforts to transform itself into a digitally enabled exemplar organisation, which can focus on providing staff and patients with access to the systems they require.

It is understood that UCLH has selected Atos for the contract based in part on clinical consultations held with staff to help redesign the trust’s current pathways for how technology is used across its sites.

Atos has also maintained that the agreement is in line with work it has undertaken with NHS Scotland around meeting the aims of the NHS 2020 Vision Framework , which looks at wider integration of care services.

The contract with UCLH represents an attempt by the company to try and expand its footprint in healthcare technology in England at a time when some significant technology contracts for NHS trusts are expected to go to market.

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