Health Service Focus

06.11.19

Greater Manchester tech to transform care with £7.5m investment

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) are collaborating to invest £7.5m in new technology innovation.

A number of suppliers have been appointed to start developing a cutting-edge digital platform that will help to transform public services and give the public more control over their own health and wellbeing.

Focus will be put on developing technology to work better and join up the data from the different systems across public services.

Plans are going ahead to develop a suite of products that keep your records safer, more accessible and more convenient for staff and the public.

The first area of concentration will be dementia, frailty and health visiting, aiming to improve the sharing of data between professionals to revolutionise support for citizens.

Cllr Elise Wilson, Portfolio Lead for Digital City Region at the GMCA, 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.”

Thanks to a competitive procurement procedure, six suppliers have been put in charge of delivering the various components needed for the transformed system. These are; Civica, Philips Forcare, objectivity Ltd, ANS, Graphnet’s and Accenture.

The process is being overseen jointly by the GMCA and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, part of the Northern Care Alliance, on behalf of the GMHSCP. 

Stephen Dobson, Chief Digital Officer at the GM Health and Social Care Partnership, 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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