OpenAthens selected as access management provider for 1.5 million NHS England users
19 February 2013
NICE signs two-year agreement with Eduserv to provide identity and access management services through OpenAthens to over 1.5 million users.
We’re delighted to announce a new contract with the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), to deliver Identity & Access Management Services (IAM) through our OpenAthens solution to over 1.5 million users.
The agreement, which is on behalf of 700 NHS-affiliated organisations that make up NHS England, is worth £550k over a two year period and will enable users to access all centrally procured online information, such as bibliographic databases, e-journals and e-books.
“We are thrilled to have signed this contract with NICE,” says Dan Almour, Business Director, Eduserv. “It is vital that major public sector organisations such as the NHS have the latest information and resources at their fingertips, so documents can be accessed both onsite and 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.”
Through OpenAthens, organisations are able to manage multiple licenses for e-books and e-journals and provide access to them from one portal. This gives administrators total visibility as to which publications and documents are being accessed and lets them manage subscriptions in a cost effective manner.
Eduserv has been delivering this service to NHS trusts in the UK since 2003, and this reprocurement demonstrates the value that NHS users derive from our resilient, easy-to-use service.
“Eduserv’s OpenAthens service will bring many benefits to the ten Health Authorities in England”, says Alexia Tommel, Programme Director, NICE. “Whilst we have had a working relationship for many years, their experience in the public sector and reputation for identity and access management is second to none. By delivering IAM services to hospitals across England, OpenAthens users are able to do their jobs more efficiently, freeing up precious time and resources whether using the service for professional development, on ward rounds, or in accident & emergency departments.”
OpenAthens has over 4 million users worldwide, with customers including 50% of UK universities, the Department of Veterans Affairs (USA), Philips Research and South Australia Health.
Find out more about our Identity & Access Management service.