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How ready is your organisation for the health technology revolution?

Published On: 7 March 2014


  • The first national ranking of all NHS hospital trusts of their use of clinical IT systems has been launched by EHI Intelligence in partnership with NHS England. The Clinical Digital Maturity Index (CDMI) provides a picture of the adoption of clinical information systems at all 160 English acute trusts;
  • CDMI maps twenty-seven different categories of clinical systems in use at acute Trusts. It comprises nine levels with clinical systems placed in each level. Each system is given a score, based on a methodology that draws on a number of market factors that give a total score for the Trust;
  • Trusts can access and update their profile at any time and EHI currently refreshes its rankings on a six-monthly basis;
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The CDMI indicates that acute trusts are at different stages of digital maturity. Some trusts are at an advanced stage of digital data capture and sharing. In contrast, others continue to have a significant dependency on paper records. The value and importance to the NHS of investment in digital technology is widely recognised. Not only does it have the potential to improve the quality of care, whilst increasing patient safety and service efficiency, it has the potential to enable patients to have greater control over their health and wellbeing.

How we can help

  • A number of firms act for NHS organisations. Some of those claim experience and expertise in technology procurement. But few can match our depth and breadth of knowledge of the NHS and procurement and health technology contracting;
  • We are able to deliver contract, transactional, procurement and disputes advice and help inform Trust strategy in respect of each. We have advised Trusts across the country in respect of their procurement of all types of IT systems and technology services, including IT infrastructure outsourcing, high value and complex electronic patient record procurements, PAS procurements, PACS and RIS projects, bed management systems and electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems;
  • Many of our lawyers have in-house and other experience of working with both suppliers and purchasers of technology solutions, which enables them to bring not just legal expertise but also commercial knowledge to your procurement;
  • Protect your investment in next generation systems implementation by ensuring that you choose the right legal partner to support your deal.