The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has reported on its procurement exercise around testing for the coronavirus.
23 companies have submitted applications to tackle the problem posed:
“The digital elements of the Testing Service require further development to meet the ongoing emerging demands and to ensure this service is accessible, automated, and successfully scaled. It is expected the service will support the distribution of up to 30,000 home antigen test kits each day (currently the service supports approximately 15,000 kits each day, as of 20 May 2020), and the service may be expanded to support antibody testing. The day to day management of the service needs to be hardened so that service is fully resilient, scalable and automated, with effective monitoring and alerting in place.”
13 of the companies bidding for the contract are small or medium enterprises (SMEs).
The procurement documents, prepared by NHS Digital, say that the current system needs “hardening”. It is clear that the NHS is seeking a system that will be reliable and robust, with an associated communication strategy.
Read more on the DHSC website.