NHS signs two-year Eduserv document access deal

NHS trusts to retain access to IT provider's login hub.

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Eduserv has clinched a two-year contract with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to rollout its OpenAthens-based identity management service to over 1.5 million NHS users.

The OpenAthens system provides NHS users with access to a range of online materials, including bibliographic databases, e- journals and e- books, using a single username and password.

The not-for-profit IT services provider has been delivering this offering to the NHS since 2003, and has hailed its re-procurement as proof of the value the offering provides.

Dan Almour, business director for Eduserv, said the contract will benefit the NHS because it provides the organisation with the latest information and resources, which can be accessed on-site or remotely.

"This will make accessing information and data quicker and easier for end users as well as helping the different NHS Health Authorities in England to make better use of their budget by collating usage reports which are then broken down by resource and user group,"Almour added.

Alexia Tonnel, director of evidence resources at NICE, added: "By delivering [identity and access management services] to hospitals across England, the service allows OpenAthens users to look for the information they need more efficiently, whether using the service for professional development, on ward rounds, or in accident and emergency departments."

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