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Dorset tenders for shared care record

Nine local authorities and NHS organisations are looking to create a Dorset Care Record across the region, integrating health and social care

Dorset Council is looking to create a shared health and care record for the region and has launched a tender for a framework agreement worth up to £20m.

The council is leading the project to create a Dorset Care Record, integrating health and social care across the region, and is looking for a “suitable supplier” to provide expertise, products and services to help deliver the record.

The council has launched the tender on behalf of the local authorities and NHS organisations, including Bournemouth Borough Council, Borough of Poole, four hospital trusts, an ambulance trust and a clinical commissioning group.

“The project seeks to create a common health and social care record to share data using established national standards that can be integrated with existing systems,” the tender notice, published in the Official Journal of the European Union, said.

“This will enable the two-way transaction and interrogation of that data and will provide access to health and care professionals via a flexible, configurable and user-centred front end utilising modern, responsive and agile technical solutions.”

The council is looking for a single supplier in the framework agreement, which will last for up to 10 years and is worth between £2m and £20m.

The care record will pull and push data from GP practices, mental health, community and adult and children’s social care services to create a full view of the patient which can be accessed anywhere that patient is treated.

The council envisions that staff working in neighbouring counties, such as Hampshire, Somerset and Devon, and nearby NHS trusts, such as Salisbury and Southampton, may also get access where patients are treated across different areas.

“This programme of work will enable the health and social care community in Dorset to review the person’s experience of services, provide a springboard for an integrated patient-accessible platform across Dorset and provide valuable holistic analytical planning information,” the tender said.

Last year, NHS England published its Personalised Health and Care 2020 framework, which sets out strict requirements for all health and care records to be digital and interoperable by 2020.

As part of this work, clinical commissioning groups have been put in charge of making sure organisations in their local health and care economy are working towards the target. By April 2016, each local area must submit a roadmap on how and when they will deliver on this.

The paperless plan includes giving citizens access to their health and care records. The dorset tender said that the framework will also cover future connectivity developments, including citizen access elements.

The organisations involved in the tender are Dorset County Hospital; Poole Hospital; The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals; Dorset Health Care University; South Western Ambulance Service; and the three local authorities in Dorset – Dorset County Council, Borough of Poole and Bournemouth Borough Council. 

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