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Independent healthcare body launches call for “consultant info sharing” platform developer

Date of publication: 27th Aug 2019

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The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) has launched a call for organisations to register their interest in developing a new Consultant Information Sharing System (CISS) to create a definitive record for doctors working in the independent health sector.

IHPN, which represents independent providers of both NHS and privately funded healthcare, are seeking to create for the first time a secure online digital platform that will allow healthcare providers to share information about consultants in the interest of patient safety. It will also reduce administration and duplication by providers and consultants. This new system will bring a consistent and common view across the full range of organisations with which a given consultant holds practising privileges.

The key requirements for the chosen developer of the CISS include:
• delivering a working system that meets all the defined principles and details within the delivery schedule
• work with IHPN and the CISS Governance Group to ensure the system meets the requirements of the sector
• provide regular progress reports, usage and user feedback of the system
• work with IHPN and the CISS Governance Group on an ongoing basis to deliver new and enhanced functionality following successful delivery of the initial system

David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said:

“Having a single, reliable and definitive record of doctors working in independent healthcare providers is key to improving medical governance in the sector and ensuring that patients can have confidence that they are receiving the safest possible care.

“We are therefore pleased to announce that we will be developing a “Consultant Information Sharing System” which, for the first time, will allow healthcare providers to share vital information about doctors, which is important for patient safety.

“This is an exciting and innovative project and we are keen to hear from any software developers who are looking for an opportunity to establish a robust online platform that will have long term benefits for the millions of patients who receive care in the independent sector every year.”

For a copy of the CISS specification and how to register your interest, please contact [email protected] by 17 September 2019.