Agreement allows EHR program to be marketed in UK

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Sept. 17, 2012

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A year after officials in the United Kingdom announced that they were scrapping their plans for a nationwide electronic health record system, an agreement has been reached between the UK’s National Health Service and Falls Church, Va.-based CSC, one of the primary vendors of the project.

In September 2011, UK officials said the NHS was abandoning the $17.4 billion plan it had been working on since 2002. Instead, it was moving toward a bottom-up approach that would allow more flexibility in the types of EHR systems that would be deployed in individual NHS trusts. Original plans were to use CSC’s Lorenzo EHR system across the country. CSC and the UK filed suit against each other but signed a letter of intent earlier this year outlining steps to move forward with the EHR project.

Under terms of the new agreement, announced Sept. 4, CSC will be allowed to market and sell its Lorenzo system across the UK, but it was stripped of exclusive rights in the North, Midlands and East regions of England. CSC said in a statement that in addition to Lorenzo, it also would offer a wide range of other solutions and services to the NHS.

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