United by a common mission to improve interoperability across the NHS, INTEROPen has been working closely with NHS England, NHS Digital and techUK to develop a software Supplier Interoperability Questionnaire which, after much testing and tweaking, we now invite and encourage your organisation to complete.
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):
NHS England is inviting proposals for Local Health and Care Record Exemplars (LHCRE) that can “raise the bar” in how the NHS, and its partners, share information safely and securely to help deliver better care for our populations.
The core INTEROPen FHIR curation team have been discussing how best to represent the important clinical content inside a patient’s Problem List. In response, Jeremy Rogers and Amir Mehrkar have prepared this paper as a proposal to inform the INTEROPen CareConnect curation of UK profiles:
We are delighted to share an opinion piece to inject some debate into the interoperability space:
“Digitising Medication and Allergy: time to design a common national exchange standard”