INTEROPen formalises collaboration with the PRSB and Royal College of Physicians

On 22 May 2018, Luke Readman, Co-Chair of INTEROPen, Lorraine Foley, CEO of The PRSB and Dr Ian Bullock, CEO of The Royal College of Physicians, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreeing to ‘work together to advance interoperability across the NHS and social care through engagement of clinicians and care professionals patient/carer representatives, vendors and informaticians’.

The PRSB, INTEROPen and the RCP have taken this decision to formally recognise the strengths of each party and to foster an open and transparent business relationship, based on trust and mutual respect. The parties will develop collaborative, compelling and value for money responses to work packages, the first of which is detailed in the MoU. It is proposed that the partnership will secure the delivery of an end-to-end model, ensuring that professional standards are embedded into digital solutions using interoperability open standards, such as INTEROPen CareConnect FHIR profiles, and adopted into everyday practice to improve the information-sharing that underpins safe and effective care. With over 140 vendor organisations as members, including techUK, INTEROPen recognises the role of vendors as a crucial partner in this end-to-end model for the delivery of interoperable systems.

This partnership will be underpinned by the following core principles (abridged from MoU):

    • Service users and taxpayers first: the common goal is to improve outcomes for health and care service users and their families. All elements of the partnership will be guided by that principle.
    • Clinician and Care Professional Benefit: the PRSB, RCP and INTEROPen will work together to develop solutions that clinicians and care professionals need to enhance care delivery and expect by 2020.
    • Reciprocal Accountability: all organisations will be accountable to each other for delivering their respective responsibilities and will work in collaboration to provide an end-to-end service for professional record standards development, assurance, implementation, evaluation and maintenance.
    • Delivery leadership: a Joint Executive Board of representatives will create and manage the delivery teams and leadership arrangements for each work package based on skills, capabilities and availability.
    • Transparency: the PRSB, RCPand INTEROPen will communicate with each other in an open and honest manner and make available the information and resources reasonably required.
    • Supportive: each organisation will strive to support the success of the others.
  • Flexibility: the PRSB, RCP and INTEROPen recognise that they may need to adapt the nature of their contribution over the term of the agreement and will work in good faith to enable the partnership to thrive.

Read the full MoU here

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