Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards – £260 Million Technology Fund


NHS England tech fundJAC are encouraging applications to NHS England for funding now available to help replace “outdated paper based systems” in the Acute sector.

JAC systems are well placed to be funded as NHS England has publically declared a focus on awarding funds to Trusts interested in implementing e-Prescribing.

Although the deadline for applications is very short, set for the 31st of July, NHS England has advised suppliers to encourage “Expressions of Interest” where appropriate as there will be time after the deadline for further due diligence.

How can JAC help you take advantage of the present opportunity?

JAC’s integrated solution manages drug orders and stock from procurement to patient and is the primary system for medicines management in over 50% of NHS Hospitals. The solution is proven, scalable and interoperable with major EPR systems.

E-Prescribing is a module within JAC’s system which has been deployed successfully (across multiple care settings) at over 30 NHS Trusts. Collectively they are achieving benefits in efficiency, patient safety and improved patient outcomes.

JAC are able to offer advice on procurement options and support for your application to the Technology fund. The additional information has been developed from the NHS England documentation and from direct engagement with NHS England during their consultation with suppliers and Intellect (Supplier Trade Association).

Guidance notes for tech fund applications are available on request from TECHFUND@JAC.CO.UK.

About the technology fund

The Guidance notes on this initiative are available via the following link:

Outline objectives:

  • NHS England’s primary objective of the £260M fund is to remove “outdated paper based systems” from the Acute sector.
  • The Health Minister has specifically targeted Acute sector e-Prescribing.
  • The £260M needs to be allocated by end of October 2013 and “spent” in two phases (£90M by March 2014 and the remaining £170M by March 2015).
  • “Digitising the NHS” needs to take place between 2014 and 2018.
  • Achieve millions in cost savings and efficiencies.
  • Improve patient safety and clinical outcomes.

Current state of the market for Hospital based e-Prescribing:

  • According to NHS England “only 12% of Hospitals in England have implemented e-Prescribing” though others are currently doing Discharge e-Prescribing only.
  • Therefore at least 80% of hospitals are still paper-based.
  • E-Prescribing has been a priority for many Trusts for some time.

The challenge:

  • Spending the money within the timeline.
  • Achieve 100% adoption between 2014 and 2018.
  • Achieve the Millions of £’s savings and efficiencies claimed by the DoH and associated with ePrescribing and Medicines Management as a whole.

The conclusion is that Trusts need proven, compatible and comprehensive systems
that can be deployed relatively quickly and affordably.

Key benefits of JAC’s Tech Fund offering:

  • Fully integrated Medicine Management system (including e-Prescribing) which not only tackles prescribing errors but errors throughout the drug supply-chain such as medication administering errors.
  • Includes Clinical Decision Support from the UK’s recognised market leader (FirstDataBank).
  • Maximises the capability to achieve targeted business efficiencies and savings through one integrated system.
  • Interoperable with Portal/EPR solutions but not reliant on them being implemented first.
  • Facilitates further collaboration between Trusts (and allows for consolidation) through sharing of records and scalability up to regional levels.
  • Improves overall auditability and medication Governance.
  • Captures a comprehensive data set of medication information for analysis, benefits realisation, transformational change and R&D (potential income generation).

Good luck with your application and we look forward to working with you to deliver your medicine management strategies. If you have further questions or require more information from JAC in support of your Expression of Interest please contact Joan Povey on 07855 535179 or TECHFUND@JAC.CO.UK.


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