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DocCom Wins a Place in UK Government’s G-Cloud iii Procurement Framework

DocCom selected to offer secure enterprise communication services to UK healthcare providers

DocCom, provider of the first cloud-based enterprise social networking platform exclusively for healthcare, today announces that it has been selected by the UK Government to offer its services within the Government's latest cloud procurement framework, G-Cloud iii.

As a selected and approved supplier by the UK Government Procurement Service, DocCom will be listed in the government's CloudStore ICT catalogue under Software As A Service (SaaS). The framework agreement allows DocCom to supply a range of cloud services to the UK public sector without complex procurement processes. The G-Cloud framework is aimed at encouraging and simplifying the adoption of cloud computing in the public sector.

In a time of cost reduction and streamlining, G-Cloud plays a crucial part in the government's ICT strategy by providing a framework through which public sector bodies, such as NHS Trusts, can buy cloud services ‘off the shelf'. It enables the public sector to select from a wide range of assured products while creating a more open and competitive market place and achieving large, cross-government economies of scale. Moreover, the reduced procurement times and a simplified tendering process means organisations can buy at lower costs, without compromising either performance or security.

Commenting on the G-Cloud award, Dr Jon Shaw, Founder and MD of DocCom says: "Approval under the G-Cloud framework is an important part of our strategy, making the latest and best communication and collaboration technologies available so that healthcare organisations can free up their busy staff's time to deliver improved care. Patients, organisations and UK SME's can all benefit from the G-Cloud agreements via enhanced care and reduced costs."

DocCom also holds IS0 27001 certification, demonstrating that the company meets the industry's highest information security management standards. DocCom's vision is that secure networking will make healthcare a safer and more efficient place through better communication and collaboration. Improved communication delivers transformative benefits to healthcare teams and organisations - saving both lives and money - and information governance remains of paramount importance for clinicians, patients and organisations alike.

"To be on the UK government's selected and approved suppliers list is fantastic for DocCom and great news for our customers. The timing couldn't be better with the government confirming its "cloud first" strategy and mandating that cloud services should be the first consideration for government and public sector organisations making IT purchases," said Shaw.

The G-Cloud strategy is targeted as saving the UK government 20% of its annual £16bn ICT budget, and has already demonstrated that the UK public sector can transform the way that it does business with its ICT supply community. With customers enjoying secure and robust services, significantly reduced costs and delivery times, and transparent pricing on a genuine on-demand utility basis, purchases totalling worth more than £2.2 million have already been made through the CloudStore since it was established in February 2012 - 70% of which has been for services offered by SMEs.

Shaw went on to say: "The G-Cloud iii Framework will enable a wider market than ever before, allowing buyers to access more innovative services and technologies, from a large range of suppliers. We look forward to contributing in the true spirit of G-Cloud - allowing organisations to become more agile in their procurement of secure and transformative cloud-based services."

Declan Ross-Thomas, CIO at Govdata said: "The acceptance of DocCom onto the G-Cloud framework means that NHS Trusts will now be able to quickly and efficiently source DocCom's secure network for healthcare. Govdata was delighted to support DocCom's application and we are pleased to see that healthcare organisations are already taking advantage of the new procurement process to fast track an innovative and agile communication system into their organisation."

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