Messaging Software Tender
NWIS is embarking on the implementation of a number of large scale systems, which will build on the current messaging approaches for their interoperability. Supplier Day 8 – 11 January 2013.
UK-Bridgend: software package and information systems
Prior information notice
Section I: Contracting authority
Velindre NHS Trust (as hosts of the NHS Wales Informatics Service)
10-11 Oldfield Road, Bocam Park, Pencoed
For the attention of: Christine (NWSSP Proc – Velindre) Thorne
CF35 5LJ Bridgend
Telephone: +44 1656778852
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)
NHS Wales Informatics Service, Local Health Boards in Wales.
NUTS code UK
The agreement period and confirmation of participating organisations is currently being worked on by the Project Team.
This contract is divided into lots: no
48000000, 48219100, 48219800, 48211000, 48516000
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section VI: Complementary information
A formal procurement exercise will follow either via one of the GPS Frameworks or an OJEU procurement run by Velindre NHS Trust (the Awarding Authority) as hosts of the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS).
The NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) incorporates programmes to develop new methods, tools and information technologies to transform health services for the people of Wales. Its aim is to modernise health service delivery, promoting new ways of working through better access to information and knowledge for shared decision making.
See www.wales.nhs.uk/nwis for further details.
All services NWIS is establishing are based on the concept of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and as such rely absolutely on interoperability between existing and new information systems, both nationally and locally based.
For example, the Welsh Clinical Portal (WCP – A locally developed system designed to present a common user experience to clinical users across a wide range of back end systems) needs to request patient lists from local patient administration systems (PAS); reconcile patient details by reference to national master patient index (MPI); send requests to, and receive results from a range of departmental systems such as pathology and radiology.
In 2007, following a period of market analysis, NWIS procured a licence to use Sun’s Java Composite Application Suite (JCAPS) to implement integration services at a national level for WCP development and deployment in two early adopter communities.
Since 2007, JCAPS has been deployed to support the majority of the messaging needs of NWIS and is now supporting the message flows envisaged, as well as the local messaging requirements of two local health boards.
NWIS is now embarking on the implementation of a number of additional large scale systems, which will build on the current messaging approaches for their interoperability. As such a requirement has arisen to replace the original messaging platform in order to support the continued expansion in the area of integration.
The objective of this procurement is to secure an integration solution to enable this expansion in function, as well as increase our in-house capacity to deliver integration solutions in a timely manner. In the first instance, we wish to engage with suppliers to assess the current market for tools which may fulfil this need.
There are three areas of requirement which we wish to explore, these are:
1. A core ‘integration engine’ (currently being provided by JCAPS). This functionality will provide a standard approach for passing messages between systems with the following high level characteristics:
— the message will be guaranteed to safely be delivered to the receiving system without risk of loss in between,
— the messages will be delivered in the correct sequence,
— the messages can be distributed intelligently to multiple recipients based on information within the messages, and provided by external reference information,
— the messages can be transformed / manipulated in transit to conform to the needs of the receiving systems,
— systematic issues such as unavailability of the target system are managed to ensure that no messages are lost,
— the system will support current national and international standards for message structure and transfer (key standards being HL7 version 2/3, along with structural standards such as SOAP / REST),
— additional requirements will include aspects of intelligent monitoring of performance and resilience, and speed / ease of development,
— support for common EAI patterns o Support for common technology adaptors e.g. HTTP, FTP, file, SMTP, TCP/IP.
2. A programmatic method for integration
This is required to allow for more bespoke interfacing of systems with specific functionality requirements (outside of those covered by international standards). Specifically in areas of linking locally developed systems such as the WCP, TRRR etc. It is particularly important when user interaction is impacted by the integration solution, e.g. performing a search on a remote system retrieving a list of patients.
3. Presentation layer integration.
This will allow the functionality of one system to be exposed within another, e.g. aspects of one applications presentation / user interface to be presented within another.
Of these, the first is the key requirement to be achieved, but it is expected that supplier offerings may consist of solutions and approaches which may address (either partially or completely) the second and third aspects required for the complete messaging fabric.
Advice is also required in terms of hosting / deployment approaches for proposed solutions. The current JCAPS solution is deployed on a number of centrally located servers hosted and managed by NWIS. Future deployment options may replicate this approach but approaches such as deployment to servers based in Local Health boards with distributed processing, cloud based or hybrid models will be considered.
The sessions will take place at the NHS Wales Informatics Service Offices (NWIS), 10-11 Oldfield Road, BocamPark, Pencoed, Bridgend CF35 5LJ. Each economic operator will be allocated up to two hours and it is requested that a maximum of three representatives attend per organisation. The events will be held on 8th, 10th and 11th January 2013.
If your organisation would like to express an interest in taking part in one of these sessions, please provide details of your representative names and preferred date for attending. Session times will be confirmed once all expressions of interest have been received.
Expressions of interest must be submitted to Allison Roblin, NWIS Commercial Services, Procurement Officer by email Allison.Roblin1@wales.nhs.uk and are required by the close of business on Friday 21.12.2012.
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:22.11.2012