A Background to Discussion for Digital Health Rewired 2021
Lead Author: David Hancock, Vendor Co-Chair, INTEROPen
Purpose of Document
The NHS has been grappling with the interoperability problem for as long as healthcare providers have had more than one IT system. The problem increases exponentially the more systems we have supporting administrative and clinical processes within a healthcare provider and further increases as these providers need to share information with each other. Tackling interoperability becomes even more important as we move to Integrated Care Systems existing on a statutory basis, as the planned parliamentary legislation published on the 11th February 2021 wants to do. Whilst we have had some great successes in limited, specific areas, finding solutions for the majority of interoperability challenges continues to evade us – as it has for over 30 years.