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MoD wants digital ecosystem to support primary healthcare in defence

19/04/21

Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is looking to develop a new information capability to support primary healthcare in its sector.

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Its Medical Information Services (Med IS) team has outlined Programme Cortisone with the aim of creating an ecosystem for user-centric healthcare information services.

The MoD has begun to look for delivery support in a two-year project, valued at £2.4 million, in the development of the ecosystem of digital services to support Defence Medical Services.

According to the market notice, it plans to break away from the existing siloed model, which it says is increasingly unaffordable and unsustainable, by using proven digital products and services to enable an ‘at scale’ flexible delivery model for primary healthcare.

The programme is planned to involve finalising and gaining approval for the business case, generating the cost models, market engagement and taking an agile approach to the delivery.

Cortisone will provide an interconnected network of products and services based on common standards, to meet the needs of different types of users, rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

Emphasis on COTS

Key elements include the interoperability of information sources, including those from the NHS, automation of creating information wherever possible, interfaces with HR and other systems, and an emphasis on commercial off-the-shelf software.

It will also involve the development of an integration platform at the heart of the system, along with an enterprise master patient index, a clinical portal, and an integrated electronic health record.

The programme will cover primary, dental, mental health, occupational health and rehabilitation services.

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