Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals will remain one of the iSoft7 after the NHS Trust opted not to switch to Cerner Millennium. The hospitals become the first of the iSoft7 not to make the change to the Millennium model that is being developed for London.
Amongst the reasons not to switch to Cerner Millennium was cost, with the NHS Trust estimating £4-5 million expense to carry out the plans. New board papers stated, “The cost of a change is likely to be around £4-5m, which would require a business case which is not credible.”
Accompanying the enlarged costs of leaving the iSoft7 was the risk the change carried, with the Trust referencing the damage done to other London hospitals that have accepted the offer. “The risk of changing systems, based on the experience of London hospitals to date, is too high.”
The review into whether the change was viable concluded that the current implementation of iSoft’s Patient Manager and Clinical Care was the best choice, at least for the medium term, which is estimated at being the next 3 to 5 years.