Secondary Care

Manchester University NHS signs £181m, 15 year deal with Epic

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust has signed a 15 year contact worth £181m with Epic.

Epic will provide the trust with its electronic patient record solution following the business case being approved from the MFT’s Board of Directors earlier this month.

The solution will be used across nine hospitals spread across six sites. The EPR solution, which will be called Hive, will eventually provide a new ‘operating system’ for MFT which will replace current IT systems, including three existing EPR and Patient Administration Systems and a number of smaller specialty systems.

In September 2019, Epic was announced as the preferred bidder following what the trust said was a ‘dialogue procurement process’.

Sir Michael Deegan CBE, Chief Executive of MFT said “Following an extensive and in-depth procurement process, the EPR solution put forward by Epic has been chosen as the best to meet the complex and specialist needs of the Trust.”

“Our future EPR solution will enable the Trust to transform how we are able to work together across departments and professions to benefit patients and our staff. Creating one central point of access for patient records across the Trust will improve clinical quality, patient experience, staff experience, and operational effectiveness in addition to opening new opportunities for research and innovation.”

“The COVID-19 outbreak has demonstrated the national importance of integrating systems and processes in order to work effectively and dynamically. Once this system is implemented it will enable us to further improve services for patients and people who use our services.”

Judy Faulkner, CEO, Epic said “MFT has an important role in improving patients’ health and quality of life. We hope the electronic patient record will contribute to improved outcomes for the communities of Greater Manchester.”