9 February 2015: BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy has been named as a finalist in the European IT & Software Excellence Awards. The nomination, in the Public Sector and Utilities Solution of the Year category, recognises the company’s ground-breaking delivery of Spine 2, a critical part of England’s national healthcare infrastructure.

Believed to be the largest Open Source-based system in the UK public sector, Spine 2 was delivered by BJSS in partnership with the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). Handling over 400,000 unique user logons and about 250 million transactions every month, the system is used across 20,000 individual NHS primary and secondary patient care sites, pharmacies, opticians, dentists and education and training establishments.

IT Europa’s European IT & Software Excellence Awards 2015 recognises best practices in customer solutions by Systems Integrators, Solution VARs, MSPs and ISVs across Europe.

BJSS General Manager, Mark Hipperson comments: “We’re thrilled that Spine 2 has been recognised by IT Europa and the judging panel and we are extremely proud of our contribution to this key piece of national healthcare infrastructure. Spine 2 was a landmark project which combined our award-winning BJSS Enterprise Agile delivery approach with Open Source technologies, delivering greater flexibility and efficiency, as well as dramatic cost savings for the NHS.”