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COVID-19 and Chest/Lung Categories Now Included in Health and Social Care Apps DPS
06 April 2020

In response to the coronavirus scenario, NHS Procurement in Partnership (NHS PiP) has added COVID-19 and Chest/Lung categories to the Health and Social Care Apps Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) and are now seeking suitable suppliers.

The DPS Categories list will be ever evolving throughout its lifetime to ensure our customers are able to respond to current and emerging population health and/or social care needs. The  addition of these new categories will support patients, clinicians, and non-clinical staff in the procurement of COVID-19 and Respiratory related condition health Apps.

The Dynamic Purchasing System will support trusts in delivering the NHS ‘Long Term Plan’ providing apps that give patients a greater role in their care plan and place them at the centre of everything we do. The adoption of apps has already proven to reduce GP visits, prevent costly trips into A&E, lower usage of prescription drugs and help to close the population health discrepancies delivering both direct and indirect savings and benefits.  

Governance and safety assurance are fundamental to any procurement process, especially one that involves patient data, clinical safety and cybersecurity requirements. As a result, a partnership with ORCHA has been developed to ensure that suppliers through DPS will comply with strict and rigid rules around patient safety and data standards. All apps that apply to be included on the DPS will undergo an assessment by the organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA). Apps must score a minimum of 65% in the ORCHA usability and security review to be added to the DPS.  

The purpose of this DPS is to provide the public sector with a mechanism to compliantly procure well-being and/or condition-specific Apps to meet health and/or social care needs; supporting patients, clinicians and non-clinical staff.  

The DPS currently contains the following categories:  

Mental Health 
Heart/Blood Vessels 
Child Health 
Brain / Nerves 
Healthy Living 
Joints / Bone / Muscle 
Medicines and Drugs 
Covid-19 Support Solutions 
Chest & Lung

The new categories and sub-categories included in the DPS are:

Covid-19 – Support Solutions 
Chest / Lung 
Sub-Category 12.1 – Asthma 
Sub-Category 12.2 – Obstructive Sleep Apnoea 
Sub-Category 12.3 – Coughs 
Sub-Category 12.4 – Chest Infection 
Sub-Category 12.5 – Pulmonary Fibrosis 
Sub-Category 12.6 – Hiccups 
Sub-Category 12.7 – Bronchitis 
Sub-Category 12.8 – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 
Sub-Category 12.9 – Croup 
Sub-Category 12.10 – Cystic Fibrosis

Once suppliers have been awarded to the DPS under the new categories, we will send out further communications.  

If you would like further information on the Health and Social Care App DPS, please contact Ruth McColl: ruth.mccoll@eoecph.nhs.uk