Digital Health Unplugged: September news team debrief


The latest Digital Health Unplugged is now live – this time looking at electronic patient record (EPR) contracts in the NHS.

Join our news team of senior reporter Andrea Downey, editor Hannah Crouch and editor-in-chief Jon Hoeksma as they discuss the big deals Epic have signed with trusts this year.

In August we reported that Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust had awarded a £108 million contract to Epic to provide an electronic patient record.

Earlier in the year the supplier also won a £181m contract to provide and EPR for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and a £275m deal with Northern Ireland.

So why is Epic seeing a resurgence and what are trusts getting for the vast amounts of money they are spending? Our news team take a look at Epic and its popularity in the NHS.

And while Epic have been securing some big-billed contracts, there’s been movement among other suppliers as well. Two trusts in the north have recently moved away from Lorenzo, which was the chosen service provider for the North, Midlands and East of England under the National Programme for IT.

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with an electronic patient record powered by System C – replacing its contract with DXC Lorenzo.

Also in the north, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has issued a £400m tender for an EPR to replace its current contract with DXC Lorenzo five years after it was installed. Digital Health Intelligence data shows the trust’s DXC Lorenzo EPR was installed in 2015 for a period of ten years up to December 2025.

Does this signal an end to the legacy of the National Programme for IT? Tune in to find out.

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