iSOFT will migrate the nine trusts to new IBM servers and provide ongoing support.
The overall deal was negotiated by Informing Healthcare, providing economies of scale and substantial discounts, but the contracts are with each individual trust. Informing Healthcare is the Welsh Assembly Government programme set-up to improve patient care through better use of information and IT.
The technology refresh upgrades existing pathology systems, originally installed in the early 1990s and ensures that trusts have the updated hardware and system software to meet the demands of a modern pathology service.
The nine NHS trusts are: Bro Morgannwg, Conwy and Denbighshire, Cardiff and Vale, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, North Glamorgan, North West Wales, Pembrokeshire and Derwen, and Pontypridd & Rhondda. The two trusts that upgraded earlier this year are North East Wales and Gwent Healthcare.
iSOFT has 150 customers in the UK for laboratory information systems, giving it a 65% share of the UK market.
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