A pan-Scotland IT deal designed to help transform the way the country's hospital staff prescribe medication is up for grabs.
According to a recently published Prior Information Notice (PIN), suppliers are being hunted to join the new Hospital Electronic Prescribing and Medicine Administration (HEPMA) framework.
The new deal – which tenders for IT services, consulting, software development, internet and support – will help medical staff keep better records of prescriptions and enable them to issue them more efficiently, the government said in the document.
The PIN gave no details of the value or expected timescale of the framework, but it did say "multiple suppliers" are required. It added that the HEPMA scheme will initially be for use in hospitals, suggesting a wider rollout could be on the cards.
The government said suppliers must meet strict standards before applying for a place on the deal.
"The multi-supplier HEPMA framework needs to meet both the standard of functionality and the level of safety required by systems in the NHS in Scotland while leaving open the maximum choice of vendor to health boards," the PIN said.
"We intend the framework to be a multi-supplier framework and where some specific Scottish requirements are not initially met by bidders they will be given the opportunity to modify their systems to meet our requirements."
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