A new £1.25bn healthcare clinical information systems framework has just gone live, with the aim of helping the NHS "save time and money" during future tech procurements.
The framework will enable providers to avoid having to go through the full OJEU process and instead "localise" their requirements by holding mini-competitions with suppliers - significantly shortening the timescale and cost of procuring complex systems, claims the government.
So far 26 suppliers, including some SMEs, have been awarded places on the framework, developed by NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) in close collaboration with Trusts and a number of specialist bodies across the UK.
The framework will operate for four years, with an option of extending this for a further two and is free for any NHS organisation to access.
The Healthcare Clinical Information Systems Framework is comprised of six lots covering: core clinical systems; theatre clinical systems; integrated emergency care clinical systems; child health systems; maternity systems and specialist electronic prescribing clinical systems.
“This framework is about achieving a far more efficient and strategic way of procuring complex clinical systems that reduces the procurement timescales and save tens of thousands of pounds in the process," claimed NHS SBS director of procurement Peter Akid.
"We have ensured that providers, including specialist clinicians, lead pharmacists and doctors, have been in the driving seat when it comes to defining the specifications and evaluating system functionality, to ensure the framework is right for them," he added.
Akid also claimed that the framework has brought together a combination of suppliers who are in the best position to help providers reap the benefits of clinical information systems that can drive forward improvements in patient care.
To access the HCIS framework documentation and supporting guidance contact NSBS.firstname.lastname@example.org, while to find out more or discuss support options contact Thomas Slater, NHS SBS Assistant Director Provider Procurement on 0161 212 2420 or email: email@example.com.