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Eight firms win places on NHS Tech Innovation Framework


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Eight suppliers have been awarded places on NHS Digital’s new procurement framework for digital technology in primary healthcare.

The organisation has announced that EMIS Health, Eva Health Technologies, The Flame Lily Healthcare (CheckUp Health), MedicalDirector (TelstraHealth UK), John White PM, Medicus Health, Ouris Health and DX (Oxford Digital Health) will take part in the Tech Innovation Framework.

It is intended as a blueprint for developing the next generation of standards and IT systems for GPs and commissioners over the next 18 months.

The companies are required to deliver six core functions: patient information maintenance, appointments management, recording consultations, prescribing, referral management and resource management. Their solutions will be made available through NHS Digital’s Buying Catalogue.

Key step

Helen Clifton, executive director for product delivery at NHS Digital, said: “This is a key part of the next stage of the GP IT Futures programme, which aims to move towards open, cloud based systems which can be accessed over the internet on any device.

“We are putting patients at the heart of everything we do by ensuring primary care benefits from the very latest technology that gives GPs access to innovative digital products which make their jobs easier and enhances the care they provide.

“We want to ensure that system suppliers produce safe, easy to use systems that enhance the user experience, are built to adapt at pace and meet accessibility standards.”

The Tech Innovation Framework is the third procurement framework launched under the NHS Digital Buying Catalogue, joining GP IT futures and Digital First Online Consultation and Video Consultation.

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