GC Staff Writer

Greater Manchester has selected multiple suppliers to begin development of a next-generation digital platform to help in transforming public health services.

In this connection, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSC Partnership) is working with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to inject £7.5m in new technologies that support improved ways of working and combine data from the various systems across public services.

The region is going ahead towards developing a range of products aimed at making it easier, safer and quicker for citizens and professionals alike to access the right information. The technology will first be developed and used in the areas of frailty, dementia, and health visiting.

Improved sharing of information between professionals will improve support for the citizens, said GMHSC.

GMCA digital city region portfolio lead Elise Wilson said: “This is a game changing initiative for the people of Greater Manchester and the digital capabilities we are creating have the potential to be re-used to improve many other public services too. It shows what a joint effort can achieve when public services come together with a strong focus on the people they support.”

The partnership has selected Civica for developing the Enterprise Master Patient Index. The new solution will be designed to make sure that information shared between systems is attached safely to the correct person’s records.

Philips Forcare has been appointed to develop a Record Locator Service, which enables different systems to search for and retrieve records that are relevant to an individual in different care settings.

Objectivity has been selected to develop a citizen app, which will be based on the Mendix low-code platform.

Another company to be appointed is ANS, which is offering cloud consultancy and services to the programme to enable the region to adopt a ‘Cloud First’ approach to deployment.

GMHSC Partnership chief digital officer Stephen Dobson said: “Our digital programme is driving a new way of thinking about how we connect systems across GM and work together with suppliers to build on our collective strengths. It will increase our ability to involve people in what happens with personal data, enhance the use information for direct care and increase the rate at which we can adopt new technologies.”

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