Medical IT Framework FAQs
The latest iteration of NHS Supply Chain’s Medical IT is set to open soon – to get your head around the framework, we've put together some FAQs.
In the UK, we are lucky enough to have a digitally-enabled healthcare system; in fact, digital transformation is currently at the forefront of the NHS’ mind. So, with that comes numerous opportunities for technology suppliers to contribute to an ever-developing health sector. Here, we cover everything you need to know about the Medical IT framework…
What does Medical IT mean?
Medical IT refers to a variety of software and hardware solutions—ranging from short term tactical services to longer term, strategic solutions—that contribute towards various medical ecosystems. These include departmental solutions, such as picture archiving and communication systems (PACS); data and content management solutions; and local, off-site or cloud-based solutions.
On previous iterations of the framework, 350 Medical IT contracts have been procured since 2012. So, it’s certainly one worth listing on!
Who are NHS Supply Chain?
NHS Supply Chain are a buying organisation who are hosting this particular framework, responsible for managing “the sourcing, delivery and supply of health care and food products to the NHS and healthcare organisations in England and Wales.” The organisation exists to help the HS deliver clinically assured, high quality products at high value, which is why Medical IT is crucial in the delivery of this.
What do we know about the Medical IT framework so far?
As it stands, we have limited information about the latest iteration of the framework; however, we can tell you what we know about the existing version of Medical IT, in order to help you gauge your suitability for it. So to summarise, the framework covers:
- Departmental information systems
- Image Management systems
- Picture archiving and communication systems
- Artificial intelligence
As you can see, the scope of the framework is rather vast; for example, the only guidance we have on artificial intelligence refers to those that can “be used in a healthcare environment”. This is good news, as NHS Supply Chain aren’t limiting themselves or their suppliers in the scope of digital transformation.
Is there a lotting structure?
There is indeed. The framework is structured as follows:
- Lot 1 – Software Solutions
- Lot 2 – Complimentary Hardware
It’s worth nothing that Lot 2 refers to “hardware complimentary to the software solutions provided in Lot 1”. This suggests to us that suppliers can be on both Lots 1 and 2, but cannot be listed on Lot 2 without being on Lot 1.
Are there any specific requirements to get onto the framework?
Based on the information about the previous iteration of the framework, we know that the following accreditations, insurances and requirements are needed to successful list on the framework:
- ISO 9001 quality management system accreditation
- Liability Insurance of a minimum of £5 million
- Compliance to the Code of conduct for data-driven health and care technology
In addition to this, for Lot 1 all successful suppliers are required to provide training for their software solutions, alongside 24/7 support, so bear this in mind when considering your suitability for the framework.
When can I apply?
From what we currently know, the approach to market date is due on the 18th October – so pretty soon! We’ll keep an eye out for more information and let you know when the application window opens.