- NHSE to refresh its technology framework
- Changes aimed at boosting NHS’ ability to access innovations
- Suppliers to be tested “more rigorously”
Integrated care systems will have easier access to the latest technology under NHS England’s plans to refresh its flagship purchasing vehicle, which is used by trusts to buy technology services.
The arm’s-length body wants to create an “innovation greenhouse” which will provide faster routes for ICSs to “tried and tested innovations for patients, populations and NHS staff”, according to documents issued to suppliers.
NHSE hopes to achieve this by adding a new lot to its Health Systems Support Framework, which was set up last year as a “one stop shop” for sustainability and transformation partnerships and ICSs looking to buy consultancy and technology services.
The framework’s scope includes population health management, electronic patient records, local health and care records, analytics, and a range of support services for demand management, capacity planning and medicines optimisation.
The framework has previously attracted some controversy, with critics saying it was “rushed” and favoured larger companies.
Source: Health Service Journal
Author: Nick Carding
Date: 3rd September 2019