Hanover scoops IT lobbying campaign from McKesson UK

A leading health IT company has brought in lobbying help as it seeks to raise its profile in the wake of the collapse of plans for a national patient record system.

Open market: IT systems could be purchased by individual trusts
Open market: IT systems could be purchased by individual trusts

McKesson UK, part of the largest pharma firm in the world McKesson Corporation, has enlisted Hanover to help it communicate with policy makers as well as local and national NHS bodies.

The appointment follows the abandonment of a hugely ambitious multi-billion-pound programme for a computerised system of patient records last autumn, because of delays, spiralling costs and problems with suppliers.

Instead, a new information strategy, announced last week, paves the way for some IT systems to be purchased by individual trusts or even GP surgeries. A key benchmark is for all GP surgeries to enable patients to access their records online by 2015.

This means the marketplace has been opened up for IT providers to supply services at all levels of the NHS as long as they are compatible with each other.

Andrew Harrison, director and head of Hanover’s healthcare practice, said: ‘This is an exciting time for health IT –freed from the national programme, with which McKesson was not involved, and with a new information strategy setting a path for the future.

‘McKesson is well placed to help the NHS achieve its quality and efficiency goals.’

He will lead the Hanover team and report to McKesson’s vice-president, operations and administration, Andrew Taylor.

Taylor said: ‘Throughout the pitch process the team showed a real passion and enthusiasm for our business.’

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