Novosco signs UK hos­pi­tal deal

Cloud-com­put­ing firm lands con­tract to de­liver project for rapid genome test­ing of new­borns

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Front Page - BY JOHN MULGREW

A NORTH­ERN Ire­land IT firm has landed a new deal with a ma­jor hos­pi­tal in Eng­land.

Cloud-com­put­ing firm Novosco has signed a con­tract with the UK’S largest women’s hos­pi­tal in Liver­pool to de­liver a project that will en­able rapid genome test­ing of new­born ba­bies.

It’s un­der­stood the con­tract is worth around £500,000.

The Belfast firm’s work will al­low the Liver­pool Women’s NHS Foun­da­tion Trust to be able to ge­net­i­cally test new­born ba­bies.

The soft­ware and IT net­work will al­low the trust to “de­tect any ge­netic con­di­tions or ill­nesses in ba­bies and to put in place a plan for early treat­ment”.

Novosco’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Pa­trick Mcaliskey said: “We are de­lighted to se­cure this con­tract which will en­able the trust to take ge­netic test­ing to the next level and play an im­por­tant role in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and preven­tion of con­di­tions and ill­nesses in new-born ba­bies and the wider pop­u­la­tion”.

The com­pany — which now em­ploys around 150 staff, spread across its Belfast base, as well as Dublin, Manch­ester and Cork — will give the health trust a “12-fold in­crease in the ca­pac­ity” of the hos­pi­tal to ge­net­i­cally test new­born ba­bies.

The com­pany says it will “also feed into a ma­jor pop­u­la­tion health pro­gramme in Liver­pool that aims to an­a­lyse ge­netic in­for­ma­tion by lo­ca­tion, there­fore iden­ti­fy­ing and en­abling work to pre­vent lo­calised health is­sues”.

Ear­lier this sum­mer the busi­ness landed a £10m deal with hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion Not­ting Hill Hous­ing, which man­ages nearly 32,000 prop­er­ties across Lon­don.

As part of the five-year deal, Novosco will pro­vide IT ser­vices, in­clud­ing ser­vice sup­port and de­liv­ery, ap­pli­ca­tion man­age­ment, com­mod­ity ser­vices, and strate­gic plan­ning.

The deal makes Not­ting Hill Hous­ing the third top Lon­don hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion in Novosco’s port­fo­lio of clients. Novosco has al­ready worked for or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Swan Hous­ing, which man­ages more than 10,000 homes in the south of Eng­land and North­wards Hous­ing based in Manch­ester.

In North­ern Ire­land it has worked for Ra­dius, which has some 33,000 homes in the prov­ince.

In 2016 Novosco took over English spe­cial­ist IT se­cu­rity so­lu­tions and man­aged ser­vices ex­pert NetDef.

It also re­cently spent over £1m to dou­ble the size of its of­fices in Belfast, with new premises in the Con­course 3 build­ing of Cat­a­lyst, which was formerly known as the North­ern Ire­land Sci­ence Park.

James An­der­son (left) and Ellen Dick­son of Novosco with David Wal­licker, chief in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer at Liver­pool Women’s NHS Foun­da­tion Trust

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