The NHS is planning to spend up to £30m on mobile tablet PCs for use in hospitals throughout England.
The NHS Supply Chain issued a procurement notice in the Official Journal of the European Union for an unspecified number of computers. It estimates the value of the contract at between £11m and £30m.
The NHS has been introducing tablet PCs for clinical use, replacing paper records, in an attempt to make updating patient records more efficient.
The notice for the "framework contract" is for "the supply of mobile tablet PCs for use in a healthcare environment and associated accessories".
It adds, "Precise quantities are unknown, and will depend on the number of awarded suppliers, fields covered within the framework award, and growth of sales in areas in addition to replacement of currently installed equipment."
The notice says the contract will last one year with the option of extending it by three years. It may also be extended to cover other UK countries. The deadline for bids is 27 August.