NHS Wales to create national eco-system

A partnership has been launched to share digital health innovations and to access NHS Wales’ health and care sector platforms.

The collaboration between NHS Wales Informatics Services and the Life Sciences Hub Wales is supported by Welsh Government’s Efficiency Through Technology Programme. It is known as the Digital Health Ecosystem Wales (DHEW) network.

The project runs until March 2020 and involves both software development by the Informatics Service and engagement of stakeholders by the Life Sciences Hub, through a series of events and information sharing meetings.

Its key aim is to create a national network, or ‘eco-system’, to deliver new ways of enhancing well-being and the quality of care through the development of digital applications and services.

The role of the Informatics Service within this collaboration is to provide the technical platform. The ecosystem provides a route to tap into NHS expertise and a technical platform to allow approved commercial partners to access demonstration versions of NHS Wales and other systems. Access to the NHS Wales architecture is being delivered in incremental phases and will be delivered via an internet- based interface to enable software developers across the globe to be able to connect their systems.

The first phase of this delivery, is to provide access to the national NHS Wales Master Patient Index to enable systems to be able to verify the demographic details of patients across Wales.