BT wins plum NHS contracts

9 Dec 2003

BT has been awarded two major contracts by the Department of Health worth more than GBP1.6 billion over the next ten years. The largest contract, worth GBP996 million, is part of the NHS national programme for IT, under which BT will design, deliver and operate integrated local patient applications and systems for the whole of London. The second contract, worth GBP620 million, will see BT design and deliver a national patient record database and transactional messaging service, which is viewed as a critical component of the NHS’ Care Records Service, which will connect more than 30,000 GPs and 270 health trusts via a single, secure national system. According to John Reid, Secretary to the Department of Health, by 2010 every NHS patient in England is expected to have an individual electronic care record.