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Mater Hospital plans to procure e-prescribing system

The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH), Dublin, has made a ‘request for information’ (RFI) for the supply, configuration, and maintenance of an e-prescribing system. The hospital intends to run a public procurement process in the future to supplement its existing electronic health record system with new digital tools. This would be to deliver safer care and support greater service efficiencies.

The purpose of the RFI was to gather market information that will help inform the potential scope of this procurement.
Any future system should have capability in the following areas: E-prescribing and medication management; clinical notes and record keeping; and the electronic recording of vital signs, clinical risk assessments and the automation of alerts/reminders to help bring efficiencies and improve patient safety.

The RIF document pointed out that, as far back as 1995, the hospital implemented ‘Clinicom’, an integrated electronic patient information system with key functions such as ADT (admit, discharge, transfer).

“Some aspects of Clinicom still remain; however, Clinicom was upgraded to ‘PatientCentre’ in 2004 giving a more user-friendly graphical interface,” according to the document.


PatientCentre has been modified and developed internally, providing the hospital with a highly comprehensive healthcare information system that is now deeply embedded in the hospital’s culture, processes and care delivery. While this effort put MMUH well ahead of its peers, MMUH now wish to underpin the successes of PatientCentre and to acquire components that are fundamental to an EHR (electronic healthcare record).”

The hospital said it wants to learn about the “current and planned products and services available in the market to assist us in informing a requirements specification for a potential future systems procurement”.
The deadline for the RIF was the end of March.

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