The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has signed a contract for specialist Smartcard printers across its NHS estate.
HSCIC, which provides information, data and IT systems for health and social care, recognised its need to refresh and modernise its existing systems.
It opted for principal IT services business SCC to implement the new solution to enabled improved healthcare service delivery.
Alongside ID solutions supplier Essentra Security, SCC will provide HSCIC with the Smartcard printers it uses for authorising and issuing ID Smartcards to staff requiring access to NHS systems.
The contract will last for an initial three-year period with an option to extend twice for a further 12 months.
A Magicard Enduro+ custom printer has been tested throughout an evaluation period and integrate into a new card management system that HSCIC developed as part of its Care Identity Services programme.
The new printers will be rolled out across all regional health service establishments throughout England and Wales from April 2015.
“SCC is delighted to have won this contract and are looking forward to helping HSCIC achieve much higher levels of operational efficiency,” claimed SCC’s head of healthcare and education Pat McIntosh.
“It is an important time for the healthcare sector and SCC continues to play a vital part in driving innovation across the NHS,” McIntosh added.
“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to work with HSCIC and to be able to use our supply chain management expertise in order to contribute to the successful fulfilment of this prestigious project,” claimed Simon Jones, Essentra Security general manager.
“We are confident that by working with SC, Europe’s largest independent technology solutions provider, and Ultra ID, who products are trusted worldwide, we will be able to deliver the efficiency benefits sought by HSCIC,” Jones added.