UK's Countess of Chester hospital strikes 15-year deal with Cerner

The Countess of Chester Hospital National Health Service Foundation Trust —  the main hospital for Chester, England — signed a 15-year contract with Cerner to replace its existing Meditech EHR that has been in use since 1999, Digital Health reports.

The hospital's Meditech contract expires November 2019, and the move to Cerner's Millennium EHR will put it on the same records system as the Wirral University Teaching Hospital, which serves as Countess of Chester Hospital's global digital exemplar in the U.K.'s fast follower hospital innovation program.

"It is our duty to provide safe, kind and effective care for the people of West Cheshire and shifting our processes from analogue to digital is a huge part of that," Chief Executive Tony Chambers told Digital Health. "Every day the NHS operates at the forefront of science clinically, but so much of the technology being used to support that is outdated. This represents another huge step towards our goal of becoming the model hospital."

Twenty-two NHS trusts in England use Cerner Millennium.

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