Published: 03/11/2005 Volume 115 No. 5980 Page 2

Agfa wins contested PACS deal

Agfa will provide picture archiving and communications systems technology to hospitals in the North East and East of England, following a deal with Accenture, the local service provider for the national IT programme.

The North East and east is the last of the five areas to sign a PACS contract, following a legal challenge from Fuji, another bidder.

'I was disappointed that delay was inflicted on the NHS and our patients by the failed legal challenge, ' said NHS IT director general Richard Granger.

'But I was delighted that the judge held that there had been a correct and high-quality procurement process.' www. connectingfor health. nhs. uk/news/ pacs0905

Cerner replaces IDX in south

Fujitsu, the local service provider for the south of England, confirmed that it is replacing IDX's clinical software with Cerner's Millennium product.

The LSP received permission from NHS Connecting for Health to switch supplier in June, and had been working with Cerner at 17 trusts in the south since then.

CfH said that the first systems will go live before the end of the financial year.

www. connecting forhealth. nhs. uk/news/ fujitsucerner0905

North London and Ipswich switch

Four north London trusts are implementing internet protocol telephony, which cuts costs by sending voice and data across the same network and helps enable home and remote working.

Matrix Communications will integrate technology provided by Mitel for Camden and Islington ICT Shared Services, which covers two primary care trusts and one mental health trust, and also the Whittington Hospital trust in Highgate.

Outside the capital, Ipswich Hospital trust announced NTL's completion of an IP telephony-based contact centre for patients.

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UHB upgrades hardware

University Hospital Birmingham foundation trust has completed implementation of servers and network equipment from Dell, to support faster access to systems such as email, data storage and national IT programme applications.