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Boots UK has announced a new five-year, multi-million pound deal with Cegedim Healthcare Solutions for the provision of essential services to support dispensing across the multiples pharmacies.

Cegedim has been the primary IT Solution partner to Boots since 2005, providing both front and back-end pharmacy IT solutions to its stores. The decision by Boots to award this new contract reinforces the strong relationship between the two companies, the pharmacy chain said on Tuesday (May 4).

Under the new agreement, Cegedim will continue to provide essential clinical decision support data and NHS spine connectivity services to power and support Boots own PMR system, Columbus, across its UK network.

Richard Corbridge, CIO, Boots UK and Ireland, said: “The partnership between Boots and Cegedim brings with it great benefit to Boots pharmacies across the whole of the UK. Boots has deployed its own pharmacy system to every store in the UK, Columbus is our PMR that will bring automation, efficiency and a platform to super charge patient focus in every Boots pharmacy and online.

“A core part of the system is the functionality offered by Cegedim, clinical decision support and connectivity to NHS wide systems are key to the success of the systems Boots continues to deploy in 2021 and beyond. We are on a mission to be the most efficient, safest and most patient focused pharmacy in the UK and Ireland, this continued partnership enables this to be achieved.”

Steve Bradley, CHS group managing director, Cegedim Healthcare Solutions comments: “We highly value our relationship with Boots and are extremely proud to be able to continue our longstanding partnership. We are confident that our market leading clinical decision support data and connectivity services will support Boots own ambitions to transform the patient pharmacy experience, helping to improve their processes, efficiency and productivity in store.”

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