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News shots …. 25 August 2016



Four firms sign Scottish software deal

Four companies have landed places on a recently announced framework for Scottish public authorities to buy off the shelf software products. Civica UK, Firmstep, Software Ireland and Netcall Telecom have begun to supply the Customer Service Platform framework set up by procurement agency Scotland Excel.

The four-year contract has been valued at £15 million and will enable customers to self-serve through an online portal. It also provides reporting tools.

Each of the companies has committed to offering a range of extra community benefits including IT apprenticeships, school talks about IT careers and support for code clubs.

Councillor Mike Holmes, convener of Scotland Excel, said: “Education programmes delivered by industry can build vital digital skills among Scotland’s future workforce.  Code clubs teach children how to create a range of digital codes for things like websites, animations, games, while giving them programming skills and an understanding of how technology is created.”


Gloucestershire NHS signs Updata

Updata Infrastructure, part of Capita IT Enterprise Services, has been awarded a five-year contract by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) to supply and manage IT networks for healthcare organisations in the region.

As part of the contract, which was awarded following a competitive tender, Updata will manage a wide area network (WAN) and provide local area network (LAN) infrastructure and services for a range of organisations covering 140 sites, including hospitals and GP surgeries. The company will also install a virtual private network (VPN) solution, allowing users to work remotely.

The contract is managed by Countywide IT Services on behalf of GHNHSFT, one of the largest hospital trusts in the country.


Yeovil Hospital goes live with TrakCare

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with a unified healthcare information system, InterSystems TrakCare. It is the first of three trusts in a regional collaboration known as SmartCare to go live with the system.

Phase one of the clinically led project has now been completed. Information has been successfully migrated into TrakCare from the trust’s aging patient administration system, and previously isolated systems across emergency, maternity, inpatient and outpatient departments.

The second phase has also begun, aimed at eliminating paper processes and making Yeovil Hospital one of the most digitally advanced in the country.


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