Humber, Coast & Vale ICS opens £2m tender for single maternity system

Humber, Coast and Vale Integrated Care System (ICS) has opened a £2 million tender to procure a single maternity system.

The ICS is looking for a supplier to be in place for April 2022 to deliver a single system to be used across three or four local trusts, including Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, and York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, who are also part of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Local Maternity System, are making considerations with their local providers, and could form part of the programme.

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals currently utilise a bespoke in-house solution, Hull University Teaching Hospitals uses Lorenzo Maternity, and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole uses CMIS, part of HD Clinical, for its maternity systems.

The tender is initially for a five-year contract, with a possible extension of two years. It closes for applications on 2 September at 12pm, and for further details please click here.

In other news in the world of digital maternity systems, HTN reported on a system developed by a digital midwife at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to be used as an allocation system in the event of an emergency on its maternity unit.

The Royal College of Midwives recently called for a Digital Midwife in every maternity service and published guidance on electronic record keeping. 

Supporting the progress of Integrated Care Systems, HTN published a four-part series which looked at digital innovations supporting ICS digital strategies. The series included ‘using operational data to support the redesign of clinical pathways’, ‘how change management technology is supporting ICSs’, ‘how data and analytics can help ICS forge better journeys of care and ‘a how-to guide for choosing a health tech partner for your ICS‘.