The UK’s National Health Service has lined up six new enterprise-wide supplier arrangements through its National Programme for Information Technology (NPfIT) in a move that it estimates will save it about 30 million pounds ($54.6 million).
The agreements are the latest stage in the massive NHS modernization project, which has already awarded more than 6 billion pounds ($10.9 billion) of local and national IT services contracts since October 2003. The enterprise-wide supplier agreements are designed to ensure that local and national NHS organizations have access to standard technologies at the best possible prices.
The new supplier agreements for the NHS in England have been arranged with Cisco Systems Inc, EMC Corp, Hewlett Packard Co, SeeBeyond Technology Corp, Sun Microsystems Inc, and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
The National Programme for Information Technology (NPfIT) previously signed an enterprise-wide deal with Oracle Corp in January to standardize on a single database infrastructure for the NHS Care Records Service, which is being delivered by BT Group Plc, as well as the Electronic Bookings Service, which is being delivered by Atos Origin SA. The NPfIT estimated that the Oracle deal alone would save the NHS up to 100m pounds ($182.5m).
Under the terms of the new agreements Cisco Systems will supply high speed switches and content switches and routers to existing NPfIT suppliers such as the local and national service providers, while EMC will provide storage technology to support the data management requirements of the NHS Care Records Service, including hardware, software and services.
HP will provide ProLiant and NonStop server and storage hardware and services to form the data centers for the five local service provider regions and is also offering extended discounts to NHS organizations via approved framework agreements.
Sun will be providing software, server and storage hardware to the NPfIT suppliers, including the infrastructure and managed services to support the Care Records Service. The NHS is also known to be evaluating Sun’s Java Desktop System Linux desktop.
In January SeeBeyond announced a $28 million seven-year contract to integrate data into the Care Records Service. It is also providing transaction messaging at a national level and to the local service providers covering the south of England, London and the North West and Midlands region.
TCS is also already part of the NHS modernization project as part of the Fujitsu Limited-led alliance that won the service contract for south of England. The offshore services vendor is now offering services related to the NPfIT to any NHS organization or subcontractor at fixed rates.