ALERT has been appointed ASCC framework supplier by NHS Connecting for Health
07 May 2008
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ALERT Life Sciences Computing, S.A. has been appointed by the NHS Connecting for Health, an agency of the Department of Health in England, to a framework contract (Additional Supply Capability and Capacity - ASCC) to supply Clinical Information Technology Services in the U.K. health market. 


NHS Connecting for Health ( ), which is the agency responsible for delivering the GBP 12.4 Billion NHS National Programme for IT, identified a need on behalf of the NHS in England to access a broader base supply community, to support delivery of the National Programme for IT and to meet a range of wider NHS business requirements. 


Following the evaluation of the capability and capacity of the suppliers who expressed an interest in the ASCC procurement, ALERT was invited, along with a number of other candidates, to participate in the next procurement process. Of the initial list of 115 companies, 61 were successfully appointed to Lot 2 (Clinical Information Technology Services) of the ASCC, including ALERT. 


ALERT applied to 27 of the 37 ASCC service categories and was successfully appointed to all. 


ALERT Life Sciences Computing, S.A. has worked for approximately one year on this procurement process. Now, it is part of a group of appointed ASCC framework suppliers that are qualified to participate in further public tenders by NHS organisations and other NHS funded organisations for procuring a wide range of IT systems and services. This ASCC framework agreement is let for a four year period. 


Speaking on this subject, Jorge Guimarães, M.D., Ph.D., C.E.O. of ALERT Life Sciences Computing, S.A. said: "This achievement shows our commitment towards the UK market. We presented an integrated solution which goes far beyond mere IT provision and we look forward to contributing to the success of the NHS National Programme for IT."

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