Procurement channel enables NHS trusts to purchase cloud-based digital services
Clinical information systems provider, IMS MAXIMS, has been awarded a place on the UK government’s G-Cloud 4 framework, allowing healthcare organisations to purchase specialist cloud-based digital services.
The G-Cloud framework is designed to make it easier for government and suppliers to work together and utilises the CloudStore, a marketplace of cloud-based services that can be used by public sector buyers to compare and easily procure services to meet their needs.
IMS MAXIMS has been listed on the G-Cloud 4 framework in two key categories, software and professional services.
As clinicians become even more dependent on IT, we are committed to providing more options and greater flexibility to meet those needs and the framework is a great way to enable that
Under the software category, it is offering its clinical systems including MAXIMS Dementia Module, MAXIMS Order Communications, MAXIMS A&E, MAXIMS Integrated Care Pathways and MAXIMS Nursing. In addition, trusts that need a wide variety of clinical and administrative solutions will also be able to purchase the complete MAXIMS Patient Administration System (PAS) and MAXIMS Electronic Patient Record (EPR). These solutions will be hosted in the cloud in an N3-compliant data centre.
Under the professional services framework, IMS MAXIMS is offering a full suite of strategic, consultancy, deployment and support services. These can be called off by any trust in relation to any cloud-based solution.
The G-Cloud framework allows the public sector to buy cloud-based digital services off the shelf, avoiding lock-in to expensive contracts with single suppliers and encouraging cost-effective, innovative solutions.
Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, said: “Our reforms to government technology are designed to ensure the best possible service for users at the lowest cost for taxpayers. To make this possible we need a truly competitive marketplace. SMEs are a source of innovation and a crucial engine for growth. We will continue to knock down the barriers that have prevented them from winning public sector work in the past.”
In addition to flexibility and cost benefits the G-Cloud also aims to achieve large, cross-government economies of scale and deliver ICT systems that are responsive to demand in order to support government policies and strategies. G-Cloud allows government to procure in a way that encourages a dynamic and responsive marketplace that supports emerging suppliers.
Paul Cooper, director of research and development at IMS MAXIMS, said: “Being awarded a place on the G-Cloud framework not only identifies us as a supplier of high-quality services, but offers potential customers, across the public sector a simple and flexible way of purchasing our services.
“It presents a very cost-effective way for customer to purchase from IMS MAXIMS without the headache and overhead of a lengthy OJEU procurement. As clinicians become even more dependent on IT, we are committed to providing more options and greater flexibility to meet those needs and the framework is a great way to enable that.”