I’m a supplier who wants to integrate with my commissioners (the NHS) – how do I engage them to take this forward?
There are two parts to this: first of all, your primary engagement will always need to be with the NHS at a local level – these are your customers and your revenue stream. However, you may also wish to be able to advise your customers with regard to upcoming strategic moves around inter-organisational information exchange, especially with details of how your system(s) can help your customer meet the most recent contractual requirements for Transfer of Care and Open (CareConnect) APIs. I would recommend anyone in your position take an active roll in INTEROPen, where NHS England, NHS Digital, local CIO/CCIOs, other system suppliers, standards bodies etc. work together to develop and adopt open national standards for information exchange.
How do we know the specifications for Transfers of Care (ToC) are ready without going and looking every day?
We have a Transfer of Care website where you can join our mailing list and receive updates regarding the Transfer of Care initiative, including updates regarding the final specification.
The Programme is currently creating the remaining Transfer of Care profiles and these will be complete and published on the FHIR reference server mid-May 2018. The next iteration of the message specifications is due to be published on GitHub early June 2018 for Inpatient, Mental Health and Emergency Care discharge summaries and the end of June 2018 for Outpatient Letters. We will, however, make every effort to offer more coordinated communications going forward.
There are several ways in which you can keep informed of INTEROPen activities and news. Aside from following our updates on Twitter @INTEROPenAPI, by joining INTEROPen you will receive access to our online communication platform, Ryver. This is a space where INTEROPen members exchange news of developments, activities, and events, share ideas, and collaborate on projects such as our ongoing STU3 CareConnect Profile curation work.
We are currently in the process of making improvements to our website, where you will find news updates and have access to tools and resources, as well as community documents and all the documents which are discussed at the monthly INTEROPen Board meeting. As a member of INTEROPen, you will also receive a copy of our newsletter and news announcements via email.
To join INTEROPen, simply complete our joining form where you will be asked to read and agree to INTEROPen Terms and Conditions.