New contract will replace current deal which is set to expire July 2012
The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has tendered for an access and identity management system and services for the whole of the NHS.
A spokesman for NICE, which provides guidance and sets quality standards for the health service, told Guardian Healthcare that it expects the new system to be in place by August 2012, subject to the tender process. He said that the aim of the new deal, worth £580,000, was to "secure the best possible arrangement for the NHS".
The current system, known as Athens, is supplied by not-for-profit organisation Eduserv. The contract was novated to NICE from the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement in April 2009. The system provides a single sign-on to protected resources and also offers full user management capability.
NICE envisages that there will be one supplier for the new contract. According to a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union, the new deal will involve making improvements to the existing service.
"The systems deployed by the service must be compatible with the native databases and access management systems used by the current suppliers of online content for the NHS. It must therefore be Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) compliant. The service must be flexible, adaptable and scalable," says the notice.
"The service must provide a high level of security in all areas of service operation. Secure user authentication and authorisation via a single sign on is required. The service must authorise each eligible user to access all resources to which they are entitled, which are likely to include resources procured nationally, regionally and locally."
NICE also stipulates that the system must also be capable of supporting all of the service's registered 250,000 users. The chosen supplier will be expected to migrate the current database of registered users to the new service "with minimum disruption".
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