Programme Cortisone: Notice of Request for Information Relating to a Draft Statement of Requirement for Design, Develop and Deliver Services

This announcement invites interested suppliers to request access to the draft Statement of Requirement for Design, Develop and Deliver Services for the CORTISONE Programme within the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Following on from the CORTISONE Industry Day on 17 May 2018 at Tech UK in London and a series of Discovery Days (July to November 2018) the CORTISONE Programme is issuing a Request for Information (RFI). This RFI invites interested suppliers to read and provide feedback on the draft Statement of Requirement for the programme’s planned procurement of a Service Provider to supply Design, Develop and Deliver Services.

Responding to this announcement is voluntary and does not start the official procurement process for the CORTISONE requirement. It should be noted that all information released in relation to this RFI is released on a without commitment basis, is subject to change and does not signal the start of a formal procurement process. The CORTISONE team intends to provide further details of the procurement itself early in 2019. The programme team will be seeking to procure these services through a framework, where possible.

The Design, Develop and Deliver Services Partner is a client-side service. The CORTISONE approach to service provision may lead to conflicts of interest where a supplier considers that it has the capability to meet potential requirements for both client-side and supplier-side services. MOD will only permit suppliers to operate on both the client and supplier side providing any actual or potential conflicts of interest can be satisfactorily managed so as to avoid any unfair distortion in competition. Existing CORTISONE suppliers will also need to demonstrate that actual or potential conflicts of interest can be satisfactorily managed.

What are the Design, Develop and Deliver Services?

Programme CORTISONE is seeking to integrate a number of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) products and services to provide medical information services (Med IS) for the UK MOD. MOD will remain the Design Authority, however the programme intends to procure Design, Develop and Deliver services to assist in the design, build and implementation of the solution.

The key elements of the services are as follows:

  • Design. MOD will remain the Design Authority. However, the Service Provider will assist MOD by designing services to maintain and further develop the overall solution architecture and design. This includes maintaining existing architectural artefacts and developing further architectural artefacts such as low-level design documents to determine how components will be integrated with the integration platform and the wider system. The Service Provider will be expected to work closely with the MOD Information Systems and Services (ISS) Design organisation and provide technical design advice to the programme. The Service Provider will also assist the programme team in product evaluation of suitable COTS products and services.

 

  • Develop. The Service Provider will support the programme team in the development of the Med IS ecosystem. This will include working with the CORTISONE Programme team and associated Defence Hosting programme(s) to set-up and maintain development, test, training and live environments. Assistance will also be required to install and configure the COTS products and services. The Service Provider is likely to need to undertake product trials and to design, build and evaluate a number of interfaces, working, if necessary, with relevant subject matter experts from the suppliers of COTS products and services or third-party specialists. The Service Provider will also need to support data management, including data migration and test data.

 

  • Deliver. The Service Provider will assist the Authority in ensuring full integration of procured components (Integration Platform, Clinical applications etc.) and support implementation, including integration with MOD-provided systems and services, e.g. Clinical User Management. The provider will also need to undertake transition activities such as release and deployment management, service validation and testing and to ensure smooth dual running with legacy services and Alpha, Beta and Live CORTISONE services. The Service Provider is likely to need to provide training services and develop Standard Operating Procedures. The Service Provider may need to provide Service Management in line with ISS policies and ITIL best practice, interfacing as necessary with other Service Management provision.

How do I receive the information?

Suppliers with an interest in Design, Develop and Deliver Services for CORTISONE are invited to request access to the RFI and Statement of Requirement by nominating up to two representatives from their company to receive the information via email.

The representatives should provide the following information to Michael.Yung101@mod.gov.uk:

  • Full name of company;
  • Full name of representative(s);
  • Company email address(es) of representative(s).

Please note that completed RFI questionnaires should be returned to the CORTISONE Team by 10:00 GMT on 21st December 2018.

No information provided in response to this RFI will be used in any way for the purpose of evaluating suppliers or their products in any future procurement process.

What is Programme CORTISONE?

The aim of Programme CORTISONE is to deliver an integrated ecosystem of medical information services to the Defence Medical Services. The programme vision is to deliver ‘a sustainable, integrated, cohesive and enduring information capability that will fully and effectively support the delivery of evidence-based medical and dental health and healthcare outputs, to achieve the Aim of the Defence Medical Services (DMS)’ – which is to Promote, Protect and Restore the health of the Defence population in order to maximise their fitness for role, while maintaining an occupational focus and an operational edge.

A multi-million-pound (CAT B) programme, with global reach and operations equivalent in size to two large CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) and a Community Trust, CORTISONE looks to procure a full suite of healthcare software from multiple healthcare product/service suppliers, together with Design, Develop and Deliver services. It is anticipated that elements of the ecosystem will be re-competed on a regular basis to ensure the best solutions are being delivered to users, giving an ongoing opportunity for market players to get involved with the ecosystem on a long-term basis.

MOD is looking for a range of companies to engage with the programme, delivering a full suite of healthcare software to meet use-cases and patient-journey-defined functional requirements. With the modular nature of the procurement allowing innovation, all suppliers are encouraged to take a leading role in the delivery of functionality.

The CORTISONE Programme has engaged with suppliers through an Industry Day on 17 May 2018 and through a series of Discovery Days, where it has invited potential suppliers to present information on services and demonstrate products to relevant technical and business staff from the CORTISONE Programme.  These Discovery Days have addressed:

  • Primary Healthcare
  • Dental Healthcare
  • Integration Platforms
  • Enterprise Master Patient Index
  • Document Management

CORTISONE is also looking to the future and will exploit innovation to align with NHS strategy, virtualise healthcare and integrate with services across the healthcare sector. This may include telemedicine, patient record integration with the NHS and other patient databases and patient condition tracking.

Counter-Explosive Ordnance Industry Briefing, 6 February 2019

Date: 6 February 2019

Venue: MOD Main Building, Whitehall, London

The threat posed by Explosive Ordnance (EO) will continue to feature heavily in the operating environment of the future. The UK’s ability to counter this threat – whether it be posed by mines, Unexploded Explosive Ordnance (UXO), Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) or other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) – requires a combined, joint, intra-governmental, inter-agency and multinational response that utilises all available levers to ensure our freedom of movement and action.

Technology proliferation and the associated sophistication of capabilities becoming available to the UK’s adversaries means that Defence’s relationship with Industry is more important than ever. Adopting an ethos of mutual understanding, enabled by close collaboration, will enable the UK to meet tomorrow’s EO threat.

Following last year’s extremely successful event hosted by DEODS, the Manoeuvre Support capability team from Army Headquarters – responsible for developing future capabilities in the Land Domain – will hold an Industry Briefing Day at MoD Main Building on Wednesday 6th February 2019. The theme for this year’s event is:

Countering tomorrow’s Explosive Ordnance threat – Joint Force 2025 and beyond

Focusing on future challenges the programme will include:

  • The future EO threat
  • Manoeuvre Support to Joint Force 2025
  • Innovation, future technologies and research & experimentation opportunities
  • Likely future C-EO capability requirements
  • Opportunities for Industry

The event will run from 09:30 to 16:30 at MoD Main Building, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB. Details of an informal networking reception, to be held locally after the event, will be sent to attendees nearer the time.

Due to the nature of the briefings being delivered, attendance is restricted to personnel who hold SC clearance as a minimum.

To register for the event please complete a registration form.

Registration will close on Friday 25 January 2019.

Security Clearance details must be provided during registration and failure to provide accurate details may result in your registration being declined.

Queries should be directed to the event organiser:

Major John Newton, SO2 C-IED, Ground Manoeuvre Capability, Army Headquarters

John.newton875@mod.gov.uk

01264 886880

Counter-Explosive Ordnance Industry Briefing, 6 February 2019

Date: 6 February 2019

Venue: MOD Main Building, Whitehall, London

The threat posed by Explosive Ordnance (EO) will continue to feature heavily in the operating environment of the future. The UK’s ability to counter this threat – whether it be posed by mines, Unexploded Explosive Ordnance (UXO), Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) or other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) – requires a combined, joint, intra-governmental, inter-agency and multinational response that utilises all available levers to ensure our freedom of movement and action.

Technology proliferation and the associated sophistication of capabilities becoming available to the UK’s adversaries means that Defence’s relationship with Industry is more important than ever. Adopting an ethos of mutual understanding, enabled by close collaboration, will enable the UK to meet tomorrow’s EO threat.

Following last year’s extremely successful event hosted by DEODS, the Manoeuvre Support capability team from Army Headquarters – responsible for developing future capabilities in the Land Domain – will hold an Industry Briefing Day at MoD Main Building on Wednesday 6th February 2019. The theme for this year’s event is:

Countering tomorrow’s Explosive Ordnance threat – Joint Force 2025 and beyond

Focusing on future challenges the programme will include:

  • The future EO threat
  • Manoeuvre Support to Joint Force 2025
  • Innovation, future technologies and research & experimentation opportunities
  • Likely future C-EO capability requirements
  • Opportunities for Industry

The event will run from 09:30 to 16:30 at MoD Main Building, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB. Details of an informal networking reception, to be held locally after the event, will be sent to attendees nearer the time.

Due to the nature of the briefings being delivered, attendance is restricted to personnel who hold SC clearance as a minimum.

To register for the event please complete a registration form.

Registration will close on Friday 25 January 2019.

Security Clearance details must be provided during registration and failure to provide accurate details may result in your registration being declined.

Queries should be directed to the event organiser:

Major John Newton, SO2 C-IED, Ground Manoeuvre Capability, Army Headquarters

John.newton875@mod.gov.uk

01264 886880

 

Defence Procurement Minister praises transatlantic partnership during a visit to Washington

Defence Procurement Minister Stuart Andrew met with the US Navy Under Secretary Thomas Modly and US Army Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy on 6 November to discuss how the two Armed Forces can collaborate further in the future.

US visit

While visiting Washington Mr Andrew addressed the Heritage Foundation think-tank.  During his presentation he highlighted the growing threats that both nations face and emphasised the need for the UK and US to collaborate and plan for the long term.

The Defence Procurement Minister said:

“Over the years, the deep UK-US alliance has endured through two World conflicts, the chill of the Cold War, and the continuing struggle against extremist terror. Today, our forces work highly effectively together across the globe – on land and sea, in the air, space, and cyberspace. We are stronger together.”

NATO defence spend

Back in August, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson reaffirmed the importance of UK-US defence relations during an official engagement In Washington.

“Our two countries have developed the deepest, broadest and most advanced Defence relationship of any two nations. The United States has never had nor will have a more reliable ally than the United Kingdom. Others may pretend, but you will find no greater ally than us.”

Both the US and the UK play leading roles in NATO and have been calling for other nations to invest more in defence and security.

By 2019, eight NATO members will meet the commitment of spending 2% of their GDP on defence compared with just three in 2014. The UK defence budget currently sits at 2% of GDP at £40 billion.

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The Battlefield and Tactical Communications & Information Systems (BATCIS) Industry Briefing Day, 19 December 2018

Date:  19th December 2018

Times:  1000hrs – 1300hrs

Venue:  10 St Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD

The BATCIS team will be providing an update on the upcoming and future procurement activity the team manages.

The Industry Brief will include updates on MORPHEUS (including the MORPHEUS Systems Integrator), TRINITY, DSA and the TacCIS Support Project and will share early conceptual thinking on other aspects of the LE TacCIS programme which BATCIS manages.

What is BATCIS

The BATCIS Delivery Team is part of ISS.  BATCIS is responsible for the development, fielding and sustainment of a range of tactical CIS equipment and systems used in the joint Land Environment. The BATCIS portfolio includes Bowman, the Common Battlefield Applications Toolset (ComBAT), Digitisation Infrastructure and Platform Battlefield Information Systems Application (PBISA), all collectively known as BCIP, MORPHEUS, DSA, the Personal Role Radio, Tactical Ground to Air and Tactical Satellite radios, the MAKEFAST engineer BISA, Falcon and TRINITY.

Details about the Industry Briefing Day

The Industry Briefing Day will be taking place at the trade association techUK, at 10 St Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD on 19th December 2018 from 1000hrs – 1300hrs. If you are interested in attending the event you will need to book through the event page on the techUK website. (http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/14253-batcis-industry-briefing-day). There are 120 places available for attendees. Attendees will be selected on a first come first served basis and each organisation will be able to bring no more than 2 attendees to the event. Tea and coffee will be provided.

If you have any queries (other than booking queries) about the event, please contact us at

ISSComrcl-BATCIS-Morpheus-Grp@mod.gov.uk

What information will you get from this day?

  1. An update on the activities in the BATCIS DT
  2. Our forward plan on our future procurements opportunities

Opportunities of the day:

  1. Engagement with the BATCIS DT team.
  2. Network with other suppliers and potential partners.

 

 

 

Discovery Day for Innovative Cloud Security Operations

Date:   16 November 2018

Times:   To be agreed with attendees

Venue:   Corsham, Wiltshire

The MODCloud Hosting Project wishes to invite potential suppliers to present information on services and demonstrate products to relevant technical and business staff from the programme.

This Discovery Day is intended to inform and validate the Service Operation Centre design and to refine the requirements. Note that beyond seeking technical clarifications or explanations of functionality attendees will not be able to enter into dialogue about the requirements as part of the Discovery Day.

This Discovery Day will focus on innovative Security Incident and Event Management and Security Orchestration & Automated Response solutions rather than traditional Security Operations Centres.  We are only interested in products (and related services) which deliver autonomous or semi-autonomous threat detection, prevention, and/or response.  These must be existing off-the-shelf products already operating in at least one live environment.

Suppliers able to demonstrate potentially suitable products are invited to request a place on the day by sending an email stating the products they intend to demonstrate and that they meet the criteria described above to: ISSComrcl-ASDT-Multiuser@mod.gov.uk no later than 10:00 on 9 November 2018. Further information will be supplied to confirmed attendees.

Responding to this announcement is voluntary and does not start the official procurement process for the requirement. Participation in the Discovery Day does not guarantee, or jeopardise, your inclusion in a future procurement exercise. It should be noted that all information released in relation to the Discovery Day is released on a without commitment basis, is subject to change and may not form part of any future procurement process.

No down-selection will take place as a consequence of any responses or interactions relating to the Discovery Day. Additionally, no information provided in response to this announcement or in relation to the Discovery Day will be used in any way for the purpose of evaluating suppliers or their products in any future procurement process.

 

What is MODCloud Hosting?

This is a project to update and modernise Defence’s approach to hosting software and data.  The service is currently in beta, and is intended to provide an ecosystem of hosting operations covering multiple networks that will allow user needs to be met more quickly and retain the ability to respond to change.

MODCloud is intended to include many digital/agile enabling features such as continuous test and integration capabilities and the ability to scale systems up and down as required.

Defence Academy, Business Skills College – Market Engagement Day, 22 November 2018

The purpose of this notice is to inform Potential Suppliers of a Market Engagement Day hosted by the Business Skills College of the Defence Academy on Thu 22nd November 2018.  The Business Skills College is interested in seeking Potential Suppliers’ views on the provision of a new academic capability and how this might best be met.  The Market Engagement Day will provide Potential Suppliers with background and detail behind the requirement and give them the opportunity to ask questions, network & engage with other Potential Suppliers and supporting services as well as to further inform the Authority’s thinking.

Background

The Business Skills College is part of the Defence Academy and provides business acumen training and education for military and civil service staff across Defence.  It also provides interventions suited to our wider Industry partners and Other Government Departments.

The course portfolio spans a range of specific business acumen disciplines that cover complex procurement through the lenses of commercial, financial, Project Delivery (including Project, Programme, Portfolio, Risk and Benefits), Through Life Logistic Support, and technical aspects such as Systems Safety, Quality Assurance, and Environmental.  It may also include the requirement for delivery of strategic leadership courses to international audiences.

The Business Skills College is looking for an organisation capable of designing, delivering and accrediting educational interventions, working collaboratively with the Defence Academy to provide an educational capability in support of its outputs.  Key to this will be innovative and blended learning solutions with flexible exit points, across the range of specified business acumen disciplines

This will be achieved through a collaborative and innovative approach which will enable and future proof the design, development and delivery of outputs to meet the emerging and future needs of Defence.  It will create a portfolio of function specific and cross-cutting learning interventions and modules that will meet Business as Usual needs, whilst ensuring that the outputs can be easily aligned to meet any emerging needs from the wider Defence Education Pathway (DEP) work being undertaken.  More specifically it will see a range of these are post-graduate level interventions leading to PG Cert, PG Dip, and MSc/MBA awards and the future model would seek a credit bearing, modularised approach to all post-graduate level delivery.

A Market Engagement Day will be held 10a.m. – 4p.m. on Thu 22nd November 2018 at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, SHRIVENHAM, SN6 8LA.  Attendees should arrive no later than 9.30a.m. to allow for site access and parking.

It should be noted that in the instance of significant interest it may be necessary to restrict attendees per supplier to 1 or 2 representatives only. Therefore, please ensure that the most appropriate representatives from your organisation are put forward to attend the event.

Specific Details of the Event 

The day will involve presentations from the Authority, a working lunch followed by an afternoon session to have a group question and answer session and an opportunity for more detailed discussion.  These activities will in part contribute to a report on business model concept viability. The Authority is considering various commercial and business approaches to deliver the requirement and would welcome Potential Suppliers’ feedback.

Outputs from the industry day will be made available to all Potential Suppliers who registered an interest and / or attended the Market Engagement Day. There will be further opportunity for Potential Suppliers’ to comment/provide feedback prior to release of the outputs from the Market Engagement Day event.

To guarantee openness and transparency all outputs /reports associated with the Market Engagement Day will be provided as part of a prospective tender documentation pack, at the point when the Authority formally takes the requirement to market. Therefore, no technical, financial, or commercially sensitive information should be included in potential Supplier’s submissions/feedback from the Market Engagement Day. 

Event Registration 

Potential Suppliers wishing to register their interest in attending and participating in the Market Engagement Day, should express their interest to the Contracting Authority in writing by no later than 12:00 hours on Fri 16th November 2018 to both Sarah Allko (sarah.allko330@mod.gov.uk) and Ella Houghton (Ella.Houghton109@mod.gov.uk). An invitation letter will then be issued to the potential Supplier for registration purposes.

In issuing this Announcement and engaging with industry and academic institutions, the Authority is not committing to carry out any procurement in relation to the requirements stated in this announcement.

This announcement has been issued by the Authority for the purpose of seeking views from Potential Suppliers’ that wish to attend the Market Engagement Day and take part in a soft market testing in relation to the requirement described above.

Potential Suppliers’ who do not attend the Market Engagement Day will not be precluded from expressing an interest in the requirement at a future date.

In order to complete the necessary security & domestic arrangements all Potential Suppliers’ interested in attending the day must have registered their interest by 12:00 hours on Fri 16 November 2018 and completed the attendance return annex issued with the invitation letter by 13:00 hours on Mon 19th November 2018. 

MOD will not be liable to reimburse any costs incurred by any parties who respond to this notice or register any interest via the Contracting Authority.

 

Defence Academy, Business Skills College – Market Engagement Day, 22 November 2018

The purpose of this notice is to inform Potential Suppliers of a Market Engagement Day hosted by the Business Skills College of the Defence Academy on Thu 22nd November 2018.  The Business Skills College is interested in seeking Potential Suppliers’ views on the provision of a new academic capability and how this might best be met.  The Market Engagement Day will provide Potential Suppliers with background and detail behind the requirement and give them the opportunity to ask questions, network & engage with other Potential Suppliers and supporting services as well as to further inform the Authority’s thinking.

Background

The Business Skills College is part of the Defence Academy and provides business acumen training and education for military and civil service staff across Defence.  It also provides interventions suited to our wider Industry partners and Other Government Departments.

The course portfolio spans a range of specific business acumen disciplines that cover complex procurement through the lenses of commercial, financial, Project Delivery (including Project, Programme, Portfolio, Risk and Benefits), Through Life Logistic Support, and technical aspects such as Systems Safety, Quality Assurance, and Environmental.  It may also include the requirement for delivery of strategic leadership courses to international audiences.

The Business Skills College is looking for an organisation capable of designing, delivering and accrediting educational interventions, working collaboratively with the Defence Academy to provide an educational capability in support of its outputs.  Key to this will be innovative and blended learning solutions with flexible exit points, across the range of specified business acumen disciplines

This will be achieved through a collaborative and innovative approach which will enable and future proof the design, development and delivery of outputs to meet the emerging and future needs of Defence.  It will create a portfolio of function specific and cross-cutting learning interventions and modules that will meet Business as Usual needs, whilst ensuring that the outputs can be easily aligned to meet any emerging needs from the wider Defence Education Pathway (DEP) work being undertaken.  More specifically it will see a range of these are post-graduate level interventions leading to PG Cert, PG Dip, and MSc/MBA awards and the future model would seek a credit bearing, modularised approach to all post-graduate level delivery.

A Market Engagement Day will be held 10a.m. – 4p.m. on Thu 22nd November 2018 at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, SHRIVENHAM, SN6 8LA.  Attendees should arrive no later than 9.30a.m. to allow for site access and parking.

It should be noted that in the instance of significant interest it may be necessary to restrict attendees per supplier to 1 or 2 representatives only. Therefore, please ensure that the most appropriate representatives from your organisation are put forward to attend the event.

Specific Details of the Event 

The day will involve presentations from the Authority, a working lunch followed by an afternoon session to have a group question and answer session and an opportunity for more detailed discussion.  These activities will in part contribute to a report on business model concept viability. The Authority is considering various commercial and business approaches to deliver the requirement and would welcome Potential Suppliers’ feedback.

Outputs from the industry day will be made available to all Potential Suppliers who registered an interest and / or attended the Market Engagement Day. There will be further opportunity for Potential Suppliers’ to comment/provide feedback prior to release of the outputs from the Market Engagement Day event.

To guarantee openness and transparency all outputs /reports associated with the Market Engagement Day will be provided as part of a prospective tender documentation pack, at the point when the Authority formally takes the requirement to market. Therefore, no technical, financial, or commercially sensitive information should be included in potential Supplier’s submissions/feedback from the Market Engagement Day. 

Event Registration 

Potential Suppliers wishing to register their interest in attending and participating in the Market Engagement Day, should express their interest to the Contracting Authority in writing by no later than 12:00 hours on Fri 16th November 2018 to both Sarah Allko (sarah.allko330@mod.gov.uk) and Ella Houghton (Ella.Houghton109@mod.gov.uk). An invitation letter will then be issued to the potential Supplier for registration purposes.

In issuing this Announcement and engaging with industry and academic institutions, the Authority is not committing to carry out any procurement in relation to the requirements stated in this announcement.

This announcement has been issued by the Authority for the purpose of seeking views from Potential Suppliers’ that wish to attend the Market Engagement Day and take part in a soft market testing in relation to the requirement described above.

Potential Suppliers’ who do not attend the Market Engagement Day will not be precluded from expressing an interest in the requirement at a future date.

In order to complete the necessary security & domestic arrangements all Potential Suppliers’ interested in attending the day must have registered their interest by 12:00 hours on Fri 16 November 2018 and completed the attendance return annex issued with the invitation letter by 13:00 hours on Mon 19th November 2018. 

MOD will not be liable to reimburse any costs incurred by any parties who respond to this notice or register any interest via the Contracting Authority.

 

CORTISONE Discovery Day 5 – Document Management, 12 November 2018

Date: 12 November 2018 (extending to 13 November 2018 if needed)

Times: To be agreed with attendees

Venue: London, EC1A

Following on from the CORTISONE Industry Day on 17 May at Tech UK in London the programme is holding a series of Discovery Days to invite potential suppliers to present information on services and demonstrate products to relevant technical and business staff from the CORTISONE programme.

These Discovery Days are intended to inform and validate the CORTISONE ecosystem design and to refine the CORTISONE requirements. Note that beyond seeking technical clarifications or explanations of functionality attendees will not be able to enter into dialogue about the requirements as part of a Discovery Day.

Discovery Day 5 on 12 November 2018, extending to 13 November 2018 if needed, will focus on Document Management products. Further Discovery Days, if required, will be announced later.

For this Discovery Day, we must see demonstration of or information about the following functional areas:

  • Capture mechanisms, including ad hoc upload, managed batch scan, bulk import
  • Full text, OCR (optical character recognition) and/or other intelligent extraction capabilities (any OCR demonstration should show the ‘art of the possible’ in relation to image quality)
  • Support of TIFF and PDF document formats (multi-page), JPG images, audio and video digital media, and structured healthcare document formats
  • Metadata management, document type management; general configurability/tailoring
  • Indexing capabilities (manual and automated), including any validation functionality.
  • Advanced search, retrieval, view, and any edit capabilities.
  • Version control capabilities
  • Information governance and access controls, including the ability to prevent image editing
  • Level of healthcare standards support such as IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise), XDS (Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing) including XDS.b and XDS-I.b, MHD (Mobile Access to Health Documents); any other APIs
  • Retention, disposal and hard delete support
  • Architecture: appropriate content storage, high availability provision, cloud support, typical infrastructure requirements

We are also interested in seeing demonstration of or information about:

  • Workflow capabilities
  • Intelligent forms (eForms) design, capture, and workflow, including validation
  • Management of paper and remote records
  • Vendor Neutral Archive, Zero Footprint DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Viewer, relevant standards support, any other APIs
  • Email archiving capabilities
  • Interoperability with Integration Platform and Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) products
  • Healthcare reference sites (in the UK or elsewhere)

Suppliers able to demonstrate potentially suitable products are invited to request a place on the day by sending an email stating the products they intend to demonstrate and that they meet the ‘must include’ criteria for the demonstrations described above to: Alexander.Slowman100@mod.gov.uk no later than 10:00 on 29 October 2018. Further information will be supplied to confirmed attendees.

Responding to this announcement is voluntary and does not start the official procurement process for the CORTISONE requirement. Participation in the Discovery Days does not guarantee, or jeopardise, your inclusion in a future procurement exercise. It should be noted that all information released in relation to the Discovery Days is released on a without commitment basis, is subject to change and may not form part of any future procurement process.

No down-selection will take place as a consequence of any responses or interactions relating to the Discovery Days. Additionally, no information provided in response to this announcement or in relation to the Discovery Days will be used in any way for the purpose of evaluating suppliers or their products in any future procurement process.

What is Programme CORTISONE?

The aim of Programme CORTISONE is to deliver an integrated ecosystem of medical information services to the Defence Medical Services. Its vision is to deliver ‘a sustainable, integrated, cohesive and enduring information capability that will fully and effectively support the delivery of evidence-based medical and dental health and healthcare outputs, to achieve the Aim of the Defence Medical Services (DMS)’ – which is to Promote, Protect and Restore the health of the Defence population in order to maximise their fitness for role, while maintaining an occupational focus and an operational edge.

A multi-million-pound programme, with global reach and operations equivalent in size to two large CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) and a Community Trust, CORTISONE looks to procure a full suite of healthcare software from multiple healthcare product/service suppliers, together with develop and deliver services. It is anticipated that elements of the ecosystem will be re-competed on a regular basis to ensure the best solutions are being delivered to users, giving an ongoing opportunity for market players to get involved with the ecosystem on a long-term basis.

The MoD is looking for a range of companies to engage with the programme, delivering a full suite of healthcare software to meet use-cases and patient-journey-defined functional requirements. With the modular nature of the procurement allowing innovation, all suppliers are encouraged to take a leading role in delivery of functionality.

Previous Discovery Days have addressed:

  • Primary Healthcare (Discovery Day 1, 30 July 2018)
  • Dental Healthcare (Discovery Day 2, 31 July 2018)
  • Integration Platforms (Discovery Day 3, 1 and 2 October 2018)

Discovery Day 4 for Enterprise Master Patient Index products will take place over 23 and 24 October 2018.

CORTISONE is also looking to the future and will exploit innovation to align with NHS strategy, virtualise healthcare and integrate with services across the healthcare sector. This might include telemedicine, patient record integration with the NHS and other patient databases, patient condition tracking etc.

CORTISONE Discovery Day 5 – Document Management, 12 November 2018

Date: 12 November 2018 (extending to 13 November 2018 if needed)

Times: To be agreed with attendees

Venue: London, EC1A

Following on from the CORTISONE Industry Day on 17 May at Tech UK in London the programme is holding a series of Discovery Days to invite potential suppliers to present information on services and demonstrate products to relevant technical and business staff from the CORTISONE programme.

These Discovery Days are intended to inform and validate the CORTISONE ecosystem design and to refine the CORTISONE requirements. Note that beyond seeking technical clarifications or explanations of functionality attendees will not be able to enter into dialogue about the requirements as part of a Discovery Day.

Discovery Day 5 on 12 November 2018, extending to 13 November 2018 if needed, will focus on Document Management products. Further Discovery Days, if required, will be announced later.

For this Discovery Day, we must see demonstration of or information about the following functional areas:

  • Capture mechanisms, including ad hoc upload, managed batch scan, bulk import
  • Full text, OCR (optical character recognition) and/or other intelligent extraction capabilities (any OCR demonstration should show the ‘art of the possible’ in relation to image quality)
  • Support of TIFF and PDF document formats (multi-page), JPG images, audio and video digital media, and structured healthcare document formats
  • Metadata management, document type management; general configurability/tailoring
  • Indexing capabilities (manual and automated), including any validation functionality.
  • Advanced search, retrieval, view, and any edit capabilities.
  • Version control capabilities
  • Information governance and access controls, including the ability to prevent image editing
  • Level of healthcare standards support such as IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise), XDS (Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing) including XDS.b and XDS-I.b, MHD (Mobile Access to Health Documents); any other APIs
  • Retention, disposal and hard delete support
  • Architecture: appropriate content storage, high availability provision, cloud support, typical infrastructure requirements

We are also interested in seeing demonstration of or information about:

  • Workflow capabilities
  • Intelligent forms (eForms) design, capture, and workflow, including validation
  • Management of paper and remote records
  • Vendor Neutral Archive, Zero Footprint DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Viewer, relevant standards support, any other APIs
  • Email archiving capabilities
  • Interoperability with Integration Platform and Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) products
  • Healthcare reference sites (in the UK or elsewhere)

Suppliers able to demonstrate potentially suitable products are invited to request a place on the day by sending an email stating the products they intend to demonstrate and that they meet the ‘must include’ criteria for the demonstrations described above to: Alexander.Slowman100@mod.gov.uk no later than 10:00 on 29 October 2018. Further information will be supplied to confirmed attendees.

Responding to this announcement is voluntary and does not start the official procurement process for the CORTISONE requirement. Participation in the Discovery Days does not guarantee, or jeopardise, your inclusion in a future procurement exercise. It should be noted that all information released in relation to the Discovery Days is released on a without commitment basis, is subject to change and may not form part of any future procurement process.

No down-selection will take place as a consequence of any responses or interactions relating to the Discovery Days. Additionally, no information provided in response to this announcement or in relation to the Discovery Days will be used in any way for the purpose of evaluating suppliers or their products in any future procurement process.

What is Programme CORTISONE?

The aim of Programme CORTISONE is to deliver an integrated ecosystem of medical information services to the Defence Medical Services. Its vision is to deliver ‘a sustainable, integrated, cohesive and enduring information capability that will fully and effectively support the delivery of evidence-based medical and dental health and healthcare outputs, to achieve the Aim of the Defence Medical Services (DMS)’ – which is to Promote, Protect and Restore the health of the Defence population in order to maximise their fitness for role, while maintaining an occupational focus and an operational edge.

A multi-million-pound programme, with global reach and operations equivalent in size to two large CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) and a Community Trust, CORTISONE looks to procure a full suite of healthcare software from multiple healthcare product/service suppliers, together with develop and deliver services. It is anticipated that elements of the ecosystem will be re-competed on a regular basis to ensure the best solutions are being delivered to users, giving an ongoing opportunity for market players to get involved with the ecosystem on a long-term basis.

The MoD is looking for a range of companies to engage with the programme, delivering a full suite of healthcare software to meet use-cases and patient-journey-defined functional requirements. With the modular nature of the procurement allowing innovation, all suppliers are encouraged to take a leading role in delivery of functionality.

Previous Discovery Days have addressed:

  • Primary Healthcare (Discovery Day 1, 30 July 2018)
  • Dental Healthcare (Discovery Day 2, 31 July 2018)
  • Integration Platforms (Discovery Day 3, 1 and 2 October 2018)

Discovery Day 4 for Enterprise Master Patient Index products will take place over 23 and 24 October 2018.

CORTISONE is also looking to the future and will exploit innovation to align with NHS strategy, virtualise healthcare and integrate with services across the healthcare sector. This might include telemedicine, patient record integration with the NHS and other patient databases, patient condition tracking etc.