Belfast Telegraph

Belfast IT firm secures £107m contract with UK health trust

By Emma Deighan

Belfast-based cloud IT provider Novosco has won a seven-year contract with Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) worth £107m.

The contract will see the company manage IT infrastructure and support services for CUH’s NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie maternity hospital.

It is considered one of the largest and most digitised trusts in England.

The contract will also see Novosco provide a range of services to support CUH’s eHospital digital programme and its electronic patient record system, Epic.

It adds to Novosco’s existing portfolio of health sector clients, including a number of other UK NHS trusts.

The company, which is headquartered in Belfast and has offices in Manchester and Dublin, also counts major housing associations and universities, two premier league football teams, and some of Ireland’s best-known businesses as customers.

Novosco managing director Patrick McAliskey said: “CUH is regarded as one of the leading lights in healthcare digital transformation in the UK and we are delighted that they have chosen Novosco to provide these vitally important IT services.

“We look forward to working with CUH to help them further extend their digital platform and capabilities and to help them provide even better and safer care to patients.”

CUH director of digital Dr Jag Ahluwalia said: “We are pleased to confirm our new partnership with Novosco and look forward to working with them to meet the next set of challenges we face in our ambitious and ongoing plan to improve healthcare through technology.

“The further digital development of our hospital is central to improving care for our patients and providing a better experience for our staff.”

Novosco, which employs more than 180 people across its three offices, was recently awarded Outstanding Business of the Year at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank.

The business originally emerged from two companies in 2007. Mr McAliskey first set up Real Time Systems back in 1994 and 13 years later joined forces with colleague John Lennon’s 4sol to form Novosco.

Its latest accounts detailed a 12% growth in turnover to £23m in 2016, with a target of £27m for last year. And pre-tax profits were up 10% to £2.4m.

It is believed that Novosco’s acquisition of English firm NetDef at a cost of £2m in 2016 was behind the rises.

Belfast Telegraph

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