COMMERCIAL: George Eliot Trust is working with the Department for Health and IT contractor CSC to implement the Lorenzo electronic patient record system.

February board papers say the trust is one of four working with Connecting for Health and CSC to bring in a “new suite of clinical IT systems”.

The item, in the chief executive’s report, is headed “Lorenzo”.

“This is extremely good news for the trust as it will enable us to upgrade most of our clinical systems and provide external financial support to allow us to do so, for the benefit of patient care,” the board paper says.

No figure is given for how much money the trust will receive as part of the deal.

Last month HSJ reported Sir David Nicholson will face questions from MPs following claims anticompetitive deals are being struck between NHS trusts and CSC.

The Public Accounts Committee hearing will take place next week.

Committee chair Margaret Hodge said there were questions which the NHS Commissioning Board chief executive should answer in relation to arrangements surrounding the winding down of the National Programme for IT. 

Ms Hodge said Sir David will be specifically questioned on arrangements struck between CSC and the Department of Health which sparked allegations that an unfair advantage was being handed to the company.

CSC is the provider of the Lorenzo system, one of the electronic patient record systems which had been part of the national programme.

The DH announced in September that it had struck a deal with CSC to terminate its exclusive right to be the only provider of clinical IT systems in the north, midlands and east of England, which it had been given under the NPfIT

Despite terminating these exclusive rights, the DH said trusts in the region that buy CSC’s electronic patient record system, Lorenzo, would have “access to centralised support and funding”.

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