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University Hospitals Birmingham seeks electronic content platform to make data more accessible

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has published a future opportunity notice to outline the trust’s upcoming procurement of an enterprise electronic content solution.

The notice details the trust’s plans to source a solution which can replace the current enterprise content platform, primarily for the storage of part of the patient electronic clinical record and to support its ambitions towards paperless working. The solution will be required to scan, store and retrieve “all electronic based media types across the clinical, administrative and corporate areas across UHB”, with the aim of improving operational performance, patient outcomes, and ways of working for staff.

The current solution has been in place since 2009, and houses around 125 million documents, which are “regularly accessed” by the trust’s clinicians in delivering patient care. In light of the new drive to make patient data accessible, the solution must also be able to support integration with patient portals or the NHS App. The notice also highlights that the trust is looking for prospective suppliers to give an overview of the management and support which they can provide on an ongoing basis.

Depending on the response received to the notice, the trust “may decide to run a competitive process via a mini-competition under a framework or an openly advertised procedure”.

Suppliers can register their interest by completing a questionnaire and providing other information on the Health Family Single eCommercial System Portal (Atamis) by 13:00 on Wednesday 13th December 2023, and the estimated date for the publication of a contract notice is the 1st of April 2024.

More information can be found here.

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From NHS England, a procurement framework has been opened for the provision of digital pathway solutions to support primary care IT, with an estimated value of £297,600,060.