Secondary Care

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS FT opens EPR procurement

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust has opened the procurement process for a new electronic patient record (EPR).

Set to replace an in-house system developed over 15 years, the trust is seeking a supplier of a new EPR system and the associated maintenance and support services.

The trust worked with Apira Ltd, an independent healthcare advisory company, to produce the business case, prepare for the procurement, and to secure approval to launch.

Opening the procurement for a seven-year contract, expected to be 10-year, the trust is seeking a provider of a hosted, fully-managed EPR, including support and maintenance services on a continuing basis, and a supplier to provide a range of deployment and implementation services.

Commenting on their current EPR, the trust notes in the tender documentation: “We are one of three trusts in the country to build and develop our own EPR (INSIGHT), which currently forms the basis of our clinical care record. Despite this innovation the current system has reached the limits of its capability and we now require a modern EPR system; focusing on improved care for service users and clinical user efficiencies.”

“Our current EPR has been developed over a 15-year period and is based around a SQL 2008 database, with an access 2002 front end. Due to the age of the system, it has limited interoperability and we would like to procure a modern EPR that can improve interoperability throughout the region and Integrated Care System.”

Some of the reasons the trust noted for the change, also included to address database structures close to their capacity, inconsistencies in how information is recorded, not being connected in ‘real time’ to the NHS Spine, and to reduce significant manual processing.

The trust and ICS are looking for a supplier to align the solution with their clinical and digital strategies, and to be inline with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHSX new draft strategy; Data Saves Lives: Reshaping health and social care with data.

The deadline to apply is 23 August 2021. For more information please click here >