Published: 21/03/2002, Volume II2, No. 5797 Page 20

An Agfa IMPAX basic picture archiving and communications system has been installed to allow radiologists at South Tyneside District Hospital to view x-ray images from Palmer Community Hospital in Jarrow. Clinicians on call will also be able to view and report CT images from home.

Bromley Hospitals trust has switched on its new Oasis system from Elan Technologies at all four of its sites. The system will provide the trust with all aspects of patient administration, order communications and results reporting.

BT Health is to overhaul information communication technology for Nuffield Hospitals. The group's 43 hospitals will get faster e-mail systems, improved internet access and the ability to link with the NHS and other business partners as part of the deal.

Intercept Telecom has won a contract to provide voice and data cabling at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. The£160,000 scheme uses 170,000 metres of cabling to link 3,000 outlets as part of a building project at the Reading hospital.

The NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency has entered into a national framework contract agreement with Business Information Publications Ltd to extend its e-tendering service, PrOJECt, to all trusts in England.

NTL Business has secured a contract to provide a managed voice network for hospitals, clinics and surgeries in West Surrey. Centrex Connect, deployed and managed by NTL, allows free calls to be made between sites.

Cap Gemini Ernst and Young has won the contract to deliver an e-procurement service for the public sector in Scotland. Staff working for NHS Highland and Highland council will be able to order supplies direct online. Invoices should also be dealt with electronically.

South Essex Mental Health and Community Care trust has introduced an IP-based telephony solution at its head office.This allows data, voice and video to be transmitted over a single network infrastructure. The pilot was enabled by Cisco AVVID and implemented by Xpert Systems.

The NHS Information Authority will use ViaCode, the Royal Mail's online encryption business, to protect electronic transmission of pathology results from labs to GP surgeries via the national pathology messaging service. It meets the security protocols demanded by the British Medical Association and royal colleges.