by Tony Collins
NHS software supplier Cerner has written to Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust questioning a process to procure an electronic patient record system.
The Trust chose Epic and HP as preferred supplier for a common platform for the Cambridge trust and Papworth Hospital Foundation Trust.
Now Cerner, which bid for the contract, is asking for the process to be be re-run, says the Health Service Journal. The Trust told the Health Service Journal its procurement was open and fair.
The Health Service Journal said it had seen Cerner’s letter. It quoted the letter as saying that the Trust’s favouring of Epic was in clear breach of the ‘equal treatment’ principle.
The letter said that Cerner found it difficult not to conclude that the Trust had made a pre-determined decision to award the tender to Epic some time before it designed the procurement process. This gave other vendors no realistic possibility of winning, said the letter.
The trust said it was continuing to proceed with the procurement process for “eHospital”.
Cerner supplies the NHS with the Millennium software, either directly or through BT under the NPfIT.