The Hong Kong Hospital Authority will issue a request for expressions of interest from information technology vendors to develop the clinical IT systems it uses internally.
Responding to interest from IT vendors and healthcare agencies in China, the hospital authority, which manages Hong Kong's 38 public hospitals, announced it will seek partnerships to commercialize its internal systems.
The authority said in a news release it has asked consulting firms IBM Global Business Services and the Dorenfest Group to assess potential partnership models, the level of market interest as well as the authority's ability to undertake commercialization of its technology.
"The Hong Kong Hospital Authority is proud of its accomplishments in using IT to provide better patient care to Hong Kong citizens," said Shane Soloman, chief executive of the hospital authority, in a written statement. "We want to explore how commercial partners can help us to build on and exploit these assets on a broader basis in a way that feeds back into improved services in Hong Kong."