We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

NHS IT project cuts new deal with Microsoft

Deal could save £300m over nine years

The NHS has signed a software licensing deal with Microsoft that will provide for the development of a specifically designed user interface, while also providing substantial cost savings for the multi-billion pound project, it was announced today.

The licensing agreement between the NHS and the software company allows health service and Department of Health workers to use Microsoft's desktop and mobile computing software on up to 900,000 computers, up from 500,000 in its previous agreement. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

The NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT), which is overseeing the upgrade of the NHS and Department of Health's IT infrastructure, claims the new software licensing agreement will save the UK government £112m over the next three years and more than £330m over the nine-year life of the contract. The contract provides for renegotiation every three years, should costs reduce or circumstances change within that time period.

NPfIT director general Richard Granger said in the statement that Microsoft's commitment to £40m of research and development under the agreement will result in guidelines and toolkits allowing for independent software vendors to deliver an NHS-specific user interface.

The NHS/Microsoft announcement comes a week after the UK government's central procurement agency, the Office of Government Commerce, published a report citing the advantages of open source software on both the server side and on the desktop.

The NHS and Department of Health said that despite the agreement with Microsoft, the option to use open-source software in the future remains and continues to be evaluated.

Officials at the NHS declined to comment beyond the statement and representatives for Microsoft were not immediately available to comment.

IDG UK Sites

Acer Aspire R11 review: Hands-on with the 360 laptop and tablet convertible

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch release day: Twitter reacts

IDG UK Sites

See how Framestore created a shape-shifting, oil and metal based creature for Shell

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch buying guide, price list & where to buy today: Which Apple Watch model, size, material,?......