Bath, September 29th 2016 – OpenAthens today announced it has renewed its contract with NICE on behalf of the NHS in England, providing access to essential content for hundreds of thousands of front-line medical workers and researchers across the country.
The arrangement, spanning a further three years for the period May 2017 to April 2020, covers the provision of access management to a wide variety of online resources, research, and databases purchased nationally, regionally, and locally for the NHS in England through dedicated accounts that are available to all health and social care staff providing NHS-commissioned care.
Alexia Tonnel, Director of Evidence Resources at NICE, said, "the NHS in England purchases a wide range of important medical, health and social care content to help staff in treating and managing patients, and in conducting research to improve the quality of care. NHS OpenAthens accounts have long been an effective way to provide access to these valuable resources. This contract means continued stability in workflows for staff providing NHS-commissioned care across the country."
Mike Brooksbank, Executive Director of OpenAthens adds, "since 2001, NHS OpenAthens accounts have connected staff providing NHS-commissioned care in England with essential resources used to deliver world-leading healthcare and research, and we're thrilled that this long-standing partnership will continue for the next three years."
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent body responsible for driving improvement and excellence in the health and social care system. We develop guidance, standards and information on high-quality health and social care. We also advise on ways to promote healthy living and prevent ill health.
Our aim is to help practitioners deliver the best possible care and give people the most effective treatments, which are based on the most up-to-date evidence and provide value for money, in order to reduce inequalities and variation.
Our products and resources are produced for the NHS, local authorities, care providers, charities, and anyone who has a responsibility for commissioning or providing healthcare, public health or social care services. For more information about these resources see the NICE webpages on Journals and Databases.
About OpenAthens / Eduserv
The team at OpenAthens develops and supports identity and access management software. Its mission is to remove barriers to knowledge and connect people to information. Over 2,000 organisations use the software, equating to a worldwide network of millions of end-users. The OpenAthens international customer base includes a large number of universities in the UK and beyond, medical and national health organisations, major corporate research organisations, and some of the world's largest publishers.
For more information on OpenAthens see our website, watch our videos and follow us on Twitter.
OpenAthens is part of Eduserv, a not-for-profit IT services company based in Bath, UK, with a range of services that span identity and access management, managed cloud services, and digital development.
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