NHSX and NHS England have published a list of accredited suppliers of electronic patient record solutions, to ‘give purchasers in the NHS more confidence in their route to digitisation.’

The organisations say they have developed a new section on the Health Systems Support Framework to help companies and integrated care systems get best value for money when buying new digital services, software and infrastructure.

Eight companies - Allscripts, Cerner, DXC, IMS Maxims, Nervecentre, Meditech, TPP and System C - have been evaluated and assured to deliver the most ‘robust systems’, and will be on the framework’s Lot 1 list as they meet a wide range of key criteria, including ability to integrate with other IT systems.

NHS England has also stated that a new EPR section will provide access to supplier systems able to meet the Global Digital Exemplars (GDE) standards, meaning that Trusts and other NHS entities can digitise more quickly.

The bidders were evaluated by experts from NHS England and Improvement, NHSX, NHS Digital, Department of Health and Social Care, local care provider organisations, regional teams and national bodies and included stakeholders such as chief information officers, chief clinical information officers, chief nurse information officers, clinical safety officers and front-line clinical staff.

Matthew Gould, CEO of NHSX, said that helping clinicians access and share data effectively is “crucial” for patient safety.

He continued, “Today’s announcement is about giving care providers the tools they need to achieve this, and a key part of our mission to ensure the NHS benefits from the very best digital services.”

All of the approved suppliers were asked to demonstrate not only how they would deliver enterprise wide solutions but also how they could provide thinner deployments that provide a basis for modular solutions.