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NHS London Procurement Partnership to tender for EPR framework

The NHS London Procurement Partnership plans clinical digital information systems framework tender to support the "paperless by 2020" agenda

The NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP) will go out to tender in February 2016 for a clinical digital information systems (CDIS) framework to support NHS organisations in becoming paperless at the point of care.

The LLP wants the CDIS to be live by August 2016, and made available to mental health and acute NHS trusts, GPs, social care services, charitable organisations, private healthcare providers and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

The latter have been tasked by NHS England with driving the paperless agenda. By spring this year, CCGs will need to publish roadmaps on how everyone in their health and care economy – secondary care, social care, community, mental health and primary care – are working to ensure interoperability and access to patients’ records across the service by 2020, when all NHS organisations will have to be paperless at the point of care.

To help with the agenda, at the request of the London NHS Chief Information Officers’ Council and a consortium of 38 NHS trusts, LLP has been working to launch the tender for the framework.

The framework, which will consist of four lots, aims to give organisations access to “a highly flexible suite of software applications which bring together key clinical and administrative data in one place”.

“It will combine the benefits of an electronic patient record (EPR) system with the integration and interoperable digital tools which will give care professionals and carers access to all the data, information and knowledge they need, where and when they need it,” said the LLP.

“This will be real-time digital information on an individual’s health and care, made available by 2020 to all NHS-funded services.”

CDIS framework split into four lots

The first lot is for EPR systems across acute, community, child health, mental health and social care, while the second lot is for hosting services.

The third lot focuses on the interoperability part of an integrated record and includes interfaces, clinical and patient portals, informatics and reporting, electronic document management and multi-functional devices.

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The fourth lot, which LLP says is “particularly attractive to small and medium-sized businesses”, is for specialised digital systems such as mobile working, telehealth, tracking and medicines management.

The framework is similar to the clinical and administrative and information systems framework, which was built by the same consortium in 2013 to enable community and mental health trusts coming to the end of their NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT) contracts to choose a new supplier.

A similar framework was issued by NHS Shared Business Services in 2014, split into six lots with 26 different solutions. .......................................................

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