Circle Health signs £50m deal for Tech Mahindra to upgrade healthcare IT

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Circle Health has signed a 50 million deal for Tech Mahindra to develop new technology that will improve patient care.

The decade-long agreement tasks the Indian outsourcer with creating IT solutions for Circle Health's hospitals and NHS management contracts, such as mobile healthcare.

Some of its innovations will be adopted into the design of a new hospital in Birmingham that Circle Health is currently building.

Tech Mahindra will also help improve the company's musculoskeletal service in Bedfordshire, allowing patients to book their MRI appointments from their mobile phones, and enabling GPs to view scans and reports on mobile devices.

The outsourcer's UK subsidiary, nth Dimension, will deliver all solutions created under the project.

Circle Health CEO, Steve Melton, said: "This deal is a sign of the times. Healthcare has yet to see the tech-led disruption that we've seen in other sectors, but we think that is about to change.

"At the same time, there is a big push in UK government policy for transparency and better patient access to data while the need for healthcare operators to be efficient has never been higher."

Rajib Bhattacharya, VP of Tech Mahindra, added: "We will support [Circle] in improving their current infrastructure and co-creating new applications that will allow for patients to take more control of their healthcare.

"Circle are also building a new hospital in Birmingham which is the second largest city in the UK and we will be embedding our technologies into the build so that the hospital will benefit from mobile solutions that will allow for the clinical staff to operate at the highest levels of productivity and quickly."