#HealthtechUK update | NHS Digital’s Procurement Pipeline

With July behind us and onto a season of particularly unseasonably hot weather in August, I hope many of you are taking this time to enjoy a well-earned break. For those of you who are still assiduously working away, we have a few exciting opportunities coming up in the next month or so.

Trends & oportunities: Analysing healthtech spend

Before Autumn starts, join us for an event with Tussell Founder Gus Tugendhat, NHS Digital Commercial Director Tom Slater, Healthcare CIO Nicola Haywood Alexander, former Sepcial Adviser to the Health and Social Care Secretary Richard Sloggett and BJSS Head of Healthcare Lauren Bevan to discuss the latest procurement trends across the NHS in England and find out about major upcoming contract opportunities in healthtech. Register here using the techUK portal or get in touch with us if you would like to attend.

https://www.techuk.org/events/webinar/item/18133-trends-opportunities-analysing-healthtech-spend

techUK Policy Paper

Following on from the Manifesto for Matt that techUK launched in 2018, we have now begun the research process for a paper to be launched at the end of November, to coincide with our annual Winter dinner on the 24th. We will be hosting a series of events to help feed into this paper and will be reaching out to members directly for input and contributions. If you have any questions on the format, timelines or topics please do get in touch with  us directly.

NHS Digital Update

Most excitingly, NHS Digital, our strategic partner, have just launched their procurement pipeline. This is the result of a concerted and persistent effort to improve transparency throughout the system. The pipeline will provide members with an advanced view of the coming six to 12 months activity, as well as signposting with whom you may get in touch with.

You will be able to find a range of information to help you understand their priorities and how you can engage with their teams. If you have any feedback or would like to provide any additional suggestions for new pages and content, please email the industry engagement team.

Additionally, NHS Digital are seeking engagement on their API management programme. started to design and build an application programming interface (API) platform, creating new developer resources, APIs and standards that make it easier for the developer community to work with them. 

NHS Digital are encouraging the health tech industry to leverage their data using new open APIs.  They want to make their API integration easier and faster and would like your feedback on the features you would like to see developed as a priority.  You can leave comments, vote on existing ideas and make suggestions for new developments at their API backlog page.

As part of their API management programme, NHS Digital are working on a new FHIR-compliant API to access the national Electronic Prescription Service (EPS). In the first phase they are focussing on secondary care prescribing.

The API is now available in alpha, which includes the API specification and a sandbox for early developer testing. You can access it on the NHS Digital website at https://digital.nhs.uk/developer.

NHS Digital are actively looking for developers to get involved in our alpha to help shape the API. If you would like to take part, or if you have any other questions, please get in touch at api.management@nhs.net.

The NHSE&I workspace

Lastly, over the past couple of months, we have been working with the NHS England and Improvement team behind the Data & Analytics Support for COVID-19 Workspace, Bringing together over 8,000 members from across Health and Social Care, it provides access to a suite of data and analytical resources, community networks, weekly analytical challenge huddles and more. We will be sharing more information on our work with them and how you can contribute later in August. In the meantime, please get in touch with us if you would like to get involved.

Upcoming events from techUK

Pre-procurement engagement - local government C-19 funded projects - 17 August

Trends and opportunities, analysing healthtech spend – 18 August

Diversity and Inclusion in healthcare: ways to be a good ally – 8 September

Building the Smarter State 2020 – 16 September

Upcoming events from friends and stakeholders

HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Digital Event – 7-11 September

techUK Academy training

An introduction to the NHS and technology – 20 August

Understanding and engaging with Government – 10 September

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