COMMERCIAL: The Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust has held talks to renegotiate its electronic patient record system contract.

The trust implemented Cerner’s Millennium system in 2012, under the National Programme for IT.

November board papers released to HSJ under the Freedom of Information Act said: “Contract re-negotiations have now concluded” with Cerner and NPfIT contractor CSC, “to achieve better value for money with regard these investments.

The trust has conducted a review of the costs and benefits of the system, which includes options for the board to consider when agreeing the best way forward. A full report on this was also put before the board, but not released under FOI.

The trust’s “Cerner Millennium stabilisation plan” is being implemented by its “Cerner Millennium task group”.

The system is identified as one of five causes of “significant operational and financial pressures”, due to the effect its implementation has had on the trust’s ability to capture activity and performance data.