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MoD kicks off Cortisone engagement to overhaul medical capability

Neil Merrett Published 15 November 2016

Pre-tender valued at £100m seeks either single or multiple suppliers to provide off the shelf solutions to underpin interoperable forces-wide medical system


The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a £100m pre-tender for development of a commercial off the shelf (COTS) solution to support a forces-wide defence medical service that will include electronic radiology management functions.

Under the title of ‘Project Cortisone’, the service is intended to function as an integrated system to deliver what is described as evidence-based medical, dental and healthcare functions for the ministry.

According to the notice, interoperability of the system will be a key focus of the intended procurement exercise that will seek to establish a team within the MoD to make use of COTS products supported by vendors.

“The MOD team will work with suppliers to configure the COTS Products and the associated Interfaces to meet the requirement,” said the pre-tender.

An integrated electronic health record based on off the shelf technology is anticipated to serve as a hub to integrate other products sought through the intended procurement exercise, according to the MoD.

A market engagement event is planned to be held on Monday, November 21, in London to provide updates on the current progress of the Cortisone project, which is divided into nine lots that can be provided by either a single supplier, or multiple vendors.

These lots are defined as: 
•    Lot 1 - Health Information Exploitation (HIX);
•    Lot 2 - Integrated Reporting and Data Analysis;
•    Lot 3 - Primary Healthcare;
•    Lot 4 - Dental Healthcare Service;
•    Lot 5 - Mental Healthcare Service;
•    Lot 6 - Occupational Health Service;
•    Lot 7 - Imaging (Electronic Radiology Management System (ERMS));
•    Lot 8 - Rehabilitation Service;
•    Lot 9 - Management Services.

Industry association TechUK, which will be hosting the engagement, noted that no bespoke software development would be sought as part of the anticipated procurement.

“Contractors are required to deliver COTS products, licences, and technical support,” added TechUK.  Following market engagement, a contract notice is expected to be published around January 16, 2017.

Plans for Cortisone were unveiled in 2014 as a means to share knowledge and capabilities between the NHS and other defence systems including joint personnel administration and NATO MEDICS.

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