Community provider publishes procurement opportunity for AI transcribing software

Locala, a provider of NHS community healthcare services across West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, has published a prior information notice regarding the planned procurement of AI transcribing software with the aim of enhancing efficiency and accuracy of medical transcription services.

The procured service is required to be an “ambient” AI clinical documentation scribe, Locala states, and must include the ability to listen to conversations between clinicians and patients and generate clinical notes based on this. It must be a browser-based service, offering real-time transcription capabilities with the ability to work via mobile browsers too.

Other requirements include a manual recording feature, transcribing on demand, flexibility with regards to transcription formats, integration capabilities with existing electronic health record systems and user-friendly interfaces. The software must also showcase “high accuracy”, with Locala noting the need for the service to support a number of medical specialisms.

With regards to technical requirements, the prior information notice sets out how the solution must be cloud-based with “robust data encryption both at rest and in transit”, with regular updates and maintenance support included in the procurement and scalability to manage significant volumes of data along with multiple simultaneous users.

Interested parties are encouraged to register their interest via email by 9 July; click here for more information including the relevant email addresses. The expected date of publication for the contract notice is 2 September.

Earlier this month we highlighted how Essex County Council launched a tender worth £500,000 for a digital service offer for unpaid carers, which will feature a range of digital content and tools designed to “build resilience”.

Also in June, we reported that NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB has shared a tender with an estimated value of £1,250,000 to £1,425,000 for the procurement of a population health management digital solution, capable of offering bespoke data analysis, technical solutions and digital platforms.

In other recent news around procurements, May saw the Department of Health and Social Care publish a tender for a partner organisation to help deliver projects supporting digital skills development of the adult social care workforce.