Editorial

UK healthcare sector extending use of cloud-based collaboration

Department of Health & Social Care’s Head of Technology Services: this is ‘certainly helping to empower our staff and stakeholders to find new ways to work together across the UK health sector’

Posted 4 July 2018 by

UK-based cloud collaboration service provider Kahootz says the renewal of two important G-Cloud contracts will allow two major public health sector bodies, and all their Arm’s-length Bodies (ALBs), to call-off Kahoot Enterprise user licenses using preferential discounted partnership terms.

The two organisations in question are the Department of Health & Social Care and NHS England, with the former deciding to work with the supplier for a third contract renewal. Kahootz collaboration sites have already been deployed by the NHS Business Services Authority, NHS Digital, NHS Improvement, Public Health England, the Health Research Authority, says the company, which means over 42,000 users across the UK health sector use its software – a number it claims is likely to double this year.

“When we initially short-listed, and subsequently contracted, Kahootz in 2014 we specifically requested an option for all of our ALBs to benefit from shared terms.” said Bob Armstrong Department of Health & Social Care’s Head of Technology Services. “I’m very pleased to see the impressive adoption rates and popularity of the Kahootz collaboration service throughout our partner agencies; it’s certainly helping to empower our staff and stakeholders to find new ways to work together across the UK health sector.”

NHS England is also extending its use of the firm’s technology, which it uses as the basis of its futureNHS collaboration initiative – a secure, cloud-based collaboration platform that was initially intended to support the NHS new care models programme, but is being used for much more and further programmes.

Commenting on the re-signs, John Glover, Kahootz’s Sales & Marketing Director, noted that, “We are now in a great position to help collaborations and service transformation right across the health sector and beyond by making it quicker, easier and more cost effective for NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care to involve their suppliers, partner agencies and key stakeholders.

“We look forward to working with them to achieve these goals.”