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Technology deal to transform care services, say analysts

Thursday November 8th, 2018

A huge procurement deal to promote the latest technology is being hailed as a way to transform the delivery of social services and bring their spiralling costs under control.Government Opportunities

The Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation has set up the £250m framework for councils to buy cutting edge equipment and services from entrepreneurial suppliers.

It covers a wide range of ‘technology enabled care solutions’ which help elderly and other vulnerable people who need support.

These include systems to monitor people in their homes, equipment to help with rehabilitation after treatment in hospital and video communications tools.

Local authorities will be able to buy equipment and services through the online ‘dynamic purchasing system’ which will provide access to suppliers who have signed up.

Lesley Harper of the Wakefield-based YPO said new suppliers could join the scheme throughout the four years it is due to run so that the latest technology would be always available.

Councils would be assured that suppliers had been subjected to ‘due diligence’ before being registered.

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