Scotland and Northern Ireland have issued a joint tender to purchase a patient management system, with rich clinical functionality, worth between £30-120m over four years. 

The tender in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) has been issued by Scotland’s Common Services Agency, and is seeks a vendor to provide a complete integrated patient management system for health service organisations in the two countries.

It says the intention is to purchase a system that allows organisations in NHS Scotland and Northern Ireland “to meet both their current and their future evolving clinical and business needs in relation to management of patient information”.

The tender notice states: “This requirement is for delivery of an integrated Patient Management System which will include, but are not limited to, core patient administration system (including mental health), complex scheduling, clinical notes, order communications, accident and emergency, theatres, mental health clinical, maternity, clinical support tools, neonatal and the management of drugs including prescribing and administration.

The document adds: “These solutions will be delivered on a basis which will allow organisations calling off the framework to select those modules which they require. A range of associated services will also require to be delivered including commissioning, implementation, change related improvement activities, realisation of benefits and support services.”

The notice was posted in the OJEU on 8 April, on behalf of NHS Scotland and NHS Northern Ireland ans is open to vendors until 15 May 2008.

Possible pilot sites of the technology were named as NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Borders, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Grampian and NHS Lanarkshire – all Scottish health boards.

Following this, the system will be made available to all health service organisations in Scotland and health and social services bodies in Northern Ireland.

It is intended that a single supplier will win the tender, and will be responsible for delivering the complete system on a prime contractor basis. A minimum of three and a maximum of 10 vendors will be able to apply for the procurement under tender limitations.