Department of Health awards Pacs deal extension

Department awards one-year contract extension to Accenture for picture archiving and communications systems service

The Department of Health has extended its contract with Accenture to provide medical imaging systems to NHS trusts in the north-east and east Midlands.

The current contract, to provide picture archiving and communications systems (Pacs) will now run until June 2016. The contract value, however, has not been revealed.

The Department of Health said the extension gives trusts additional time to plan their long-term, strategic options for medical imaging, in line with the department’s vision for locally procured and implemented Pacs, tailored to meet the needs of local healthcare communities.

Accenture’s Pacs is a community-wide system used to electronically capture, view, store and distribute medical imaging such as x-rays, or MRI scans digitally rather than using the old system of printing images to film.

Matt Oakley, who leads Accenture’s medical images practice in the UK and Ireland, said: “Pacs is an excellent example of how technology is helping to improve patient care by providing clinicians with easy access to medical images and enabling them to make decisions more quickly.”

Accenture has said it will continue to manage a central data store, which provides trusts with a centrally-hosted, long-term image archive until June 2016.

NHS Supply Chain is currently leading a procurement on behalf of various authorities for Pacs and radiology information systems (RIS), including hardware and software. The four-year framework agreement, worth between £171m and £363m, will also include additional lots for x-ray workstations and a storage system including related hardware, software and managed services.

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