London borough to work with NHS and other public agencies on development of platform
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Hackney Council is to build a digital platform to enable the “real-time transfer” of information on patients being discharged from hospital and into the care of social services.
The authority has already completed a discovery phase for the project, which included scoping out the operational and technical requirements of the platform, and completing a “high-level design proof of concept”. The council – in collaboration with Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – will shortly begin work on building a functioning prototype.
The digital tool will ultimately be used to transfer “assessment, discharge, and withdrawal notifications” between the hospital’s electronic patient records platform and the Mosaic case-management software used by Hackney and neighbouring authority the City of London Corporation. The goal is to expedite the process of discharge and transfer of care, and ensure that necessary information is passed from nurses and clinicians to social workers.
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Hackney has placed a contract notice on the Digital Marketplace seeking a supplier that can support an existing “core team” containing health and social care workers, council officials, technology professionals, and representatives from existing suppliers.
The contract, which has no specified length, is expected to be worth in the region of £120,000 – although a budget of up to £170,000 is available. This figure “does not include support and hosting”.
Bids are open until 4 October, with work slated to commence around the middle of the month. The winning bidder will be expected to work three days a week at the council’s offices and Homerton hospital (pictured above).
The project is supported by funding from the Department of Health and Social Care.