Interoperability Channel

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On this page we focus on interoperability, where we highlight articles and content that focuses on data sharing, standards and joining-up services across health and care. 

We will also focus on challenges, advice and learnings from experts in the field to help share best practice. 

Video: Healthcare Gateway and SCW CSU explain how Connecting Care can benefit care homes and the justice system

Our closing webcast session for HTN Now September 2021 was a presentation by representatives from Healthcare Gateway and the South, Central and West (SCW) Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) – an NHS support and transformation service. Bringing our four-day live online event to a close with an in-depth look at the ...
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InterSystems to assist with global integration of Cognetivity’s AI platform for early dementia detection

InterSystems has partnered with the healthcare company Cognetivity to support an AI solution that it says can detect dementia ‘up to 15 years earlier’ than conventional methods. Cognetivity uses the advanced data management and integration capabilities of InterSystems IRIS for Health to efficiently deploy across clinical environments its Integrated Cognitive Assessment ...
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GS1 UK signs 5-year deal with NHS Scotland

GS1 UK, an organisation focused on data capture and sharing standards, has signed a five-year deal with NHS Scotland. The partnership has set out a commitment to support the widespread adoption of GS1 standards across the region, hoping to deliver full traceability for the unique identification of every person, every product, and ...
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NHS e-Referral Service reveals roadmap of improvement plans

The NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) has shared its latest improvements to the system, as well as plans for further enhancements and estimated delivery dates for these. The service says it is “continually improving to make it easier, quicker and more convenient to use” and has set out its vision as ...
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Humber, Coast & Vale ICS opens £2m tender for single maternity system

Humber, Coast and Vale Integrated Care System (ICS) has opened a £2 million tender to procure a single maternity system. The ICS is looking for a supplier to be in place for April 2022 to deliver a single system to be used across three or four local trusts, including Hull ...
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Feature: How data capture through inventory management can enable interoperability

Nick Roots and Liz Ward of Prospitalia h-trak, a healthcare information company working with the NHS and private hospitals, took time out recently to chat to HTN for our latest feature on interoperability. Focusing on how accurate data capture can enhance interoperability within hospitals, they shared a case study on ...
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Feature: Using operational data to support the redesign of clinical pathways across an ICS

For the latest in the HTN feature series which focuses on digital transformation for integrated care systems (ICS), HTN spoke with David Hancock, Healthcare Executive Advisor at InterSystems. In our virtual chat we discussed the role of operational data, the need for data liquidity, and how to approach system-wide pathway ...
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Catalonia plans open platform using openEHR

The region of Catalonia has started its journey towards an open platform using openEHR standards, by launching a Request for Information (RFI) process to support the components to be included in the tender. In the call launched last week, the purpose outlined is to obtain technical information on the possibilities of supplying ...
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Scotland sets out digital strategy

The Scottish Government has published its strategy for how to help the nation “achieve its potential” in a “constantly evolving” digital world. The strategy, jointly owned by local and national government, is part of a collaboration with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) to deliver a “refreshed Digital Strategy ...
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Midlands Partnership digital strategy out for consultation

The Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has released a version of its digital strategy for 2021-2026, opening for wider input and consultation ahead of a final publication. The trust said, to date, the strategy has been formulated following over 100 hours of consultation from all stakeholders to support the development ...
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PRSB updates care planning standards for community mental health care

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) has updated its personalised care planning standard for adults in the community living with severe mental health conditions.  Produced to support community mental health care, the standard provides a model for person-centred care, supporting planning and the information that should form part of the ...
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PRSB expands pharmacy standards to cover more services

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) has updated and expanded its community pharmacy information standard, to reflect a growing range of services offered by community pharmacies. Originally developed in 2018, the standards have recently been updated this year to cover services such as: Services to quit smoking Hypertension testing in the ...
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InterSystems announces new partnership to accelerate oncology drug discovery

InterSystems has announced a new partnership with the biopharmaceutical company, Oncodesign, which will focus on optimising data use to enhance drug discovery processes in oncology. The health data management, technology and software provider signed up for the strategic partnership with the aim of harnessing the power of data to advance ...
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Wales to invest over £8.5m in new national digital eye care patient record

Wales is set to invest over £8.5 million in its first national Electronic Patient Record and digital Electronic Referral system for eye care. As part of wider plans surrounding Wales’ future approach to optometry services, the nation is focusing on preventative measures, along with management and treatment by primary care ...
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University College London Hospitals announces collaboration with Microsoft 

University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS FT has announced a research and innovation collaboration with Microsoft to develop and apply advances in artificial intelligence and digital technologies. The partnership will see the two organisations develop AI algorithms and applications to help improve patient flow, support medical imaging and automate time ...
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“The core goal is to make our staff more efficient” – Darren Atkins of the Royal Free talks RPA

Darren Atkins, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in Automation at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, recently held court in a UCLPartners Innovation Network Meeting, presenting his team’s work in RPA (robotic process automation). In a session screened on YouTube, entitled ‘NHS Robotic process automation’, Darren shared case studies and ...
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13 trusts across Cheshire and Merseyside connect to National COVID-19 Chest Imaging Database

A consortium comprising of 13 trusts across Cheshire and Merseyside has worked with Royal Philips to create a regional hub for the National COVID-19 Chest Imaging Database (NCCID). Launched in January 2021, the regional hub has been used across the organisations to connect to the NCCID. The database is part of a programme ...
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Interview Series: Stephen Townrow, Imaging Systems Manager, The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

In our interview series this week, we speak with Stephen Townrow, Imaging Systems Manager, at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust. Stephen takes us through the intricacies of how enhancements in their digital imaging technology has allowed for cost saving, time saving, and accuracy of diagnoses, all of which importantly ...
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ORCHA partners with The American Telemedicine Association

ORCHA, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps has partnered with The American Telemedicine Association to support patients access safe and effective health apps. The association will be supported by ORCHA’s automated review process so that patients can access more than 300 healthcare apps that meet the approved ...
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Interview Series: Sam Allen, CEO, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

In our latest interview we speak with Sam Allen, CEO at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who takes us through her journey from NHS receptionist to CEO. We chat to Sam ahead of a presentation she will be delivering at the upcoming Mental Health Recovery Summit, supported by HTN. We ...
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Black Country Pathology Services progresses with laboratory network

Black Country Pathology Services is progressing with an initiative to digitally connect its laboratory network including four NHS trusts. The Dudley Group, Sandwell and Birmingham, Walsall Healthcare, and The Royal Wolverhampton will be using the CliniSys laboratory information system to support a regional ‘hub and spoke’ model. Once the system is rolled-out, ...
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8 children’s centres across Greater Manchester digitally connected

A new reporting system is being rolled out this month across eight NHS organisations in Greater Manchester. The system is being rolled-out to children’s centres to instantly share information such as bed availability and staffing levels. It has been designed specifically for paediatric care, where more staff per patient are ...
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Somerset NHS FT goes live with Better’s EPMA

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with a solution from Better to digitise its e-prescribing and medications management. Somerset Partnership FT and Taunton and Somerset NHS FT recently merged to form Somerset NHS FT and is now using OPENeP from Better, across its surgical services. The trust is also to ...
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Interview Series: Drew Ivan, Chief Product and Strategy Officer, Lyniate

In our latest interview in the series, we spoke with Drew Ivan, Chief Product and Strategy Officer from Lyniate. The company recently formed from bringing together two widely used global interoperability platforms: Corepoint and Rhapsody. We asked Drew a few questions about the company, how it has responded over the ...
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Genomics study launched into patients infected with coronavirus

Thousands of severely ill patients infected with coronavirus will have their genetic code studied, following a new study launched. A partnership between Genomics England and the GenOMICC consortium, Illumina and the NHS will study a person’s genetic code to help scientists understand whether a person’s genetics influences how susceptible they ...
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Interview Series: Ayesha Rahim, CCIO, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS FT

In our latest interview series, Angela Sharda speaks to Dr Ayesha Rahim, CCIO, psychiatrist and deputy medical director of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust about the importance of technology during the global pandemic, her role as CCIO and her involvement in the Shuri Network. Talk us through your journey ...
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17.4 million GP records analysed in largest COVID-19 study

A large scale patient record study has analysed 17.4 million GP records, working with GP system supplier TPP, to explore key factors associated with death from COVID-19. University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, working on behalf of NHS England, have analysed research in the ...
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Greater Manchester Mental Health introduces algorithm to support service users and staff

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT has introduced a new algorithm to help identify services users most likely to require crisis services. The IM&T and R&I departments at the trust have been working with Otsuka Health Solutions to implement a risk of crisis algorithm to help predict service users who may ...
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Feature: UAE labs implement connected management system to accelerate COVID-19 testing

InterSystems has signed an agreement with Pure Health to deploy the TrakCare Lab Enterprise system to support the UAE’s testing initiatives for COVID-19. GCC’s largest lab operator Pure Health is to deploy technology from InterSystems to support the largest laboratory network in the Gulf region with 115 labs and employing a ...
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GP Connect introduced to all GP practices and specialist care centres

NHS Digital and NHSX have announced GP Connect has been introduced to all GP practices to support the secure sharing of patient records across primary care. The organisations have also announced additional information will be added to the Summary Care Record during the Coronavirus pandemic. It introduces the ability to ...
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Yeovil Hospital connects to Dorset Care Record

Yeovil Hospital for the first time is now able to view data from the Dorset Care Record, the platform used to share key patient information across providers. The hospital typically takes 30% of emergency patients from across Dorset CCG, and now can view GP records and other datasets for these ...
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Microsoft Teams and MedXNote bot automates common tasks for UHS

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has automated many tasks across its hospitals following the integration of its MedXNote platform with Microsoft Teams. The automation technology from MedXNote has now been integrated into Microsoft Teams to enable clinicians to ask questions using a chatbot to automate requests and alerts and ...
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HTN Webinar Learning Series: Healthcare Interoperability and Supporting Pathology During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

This week as part of the HTN COVID-19 Webinar Learning Series, we invite you to attend a session focusing on healthcare interoperability and how it’s supporting pathology during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Health Tech Webinar Learning Series supports sharing information and learnings on the role of technology to support ...
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NWIS adds COVID-19 test results to Welsh Clinical Portal

The NHS Wales Informatics Services has announced COVID-19 test results have been added to its national clinical portal. The unit developed an electronic test requesting system for use in community test units across Wales and has now made this information available. Patients who test for COVID-19 will be added to ...
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Hosted document sharing platform launched for free to support healthcare teams during COVID-19 pandemic

An independent document sharing platform has been launched by CCube Solutions to support providers and health professionals access information during the COVID-19 crisis. The company said it is providing a secure cloud-based platform that is accessible from any device and independently from an IT system to support healthcare professionals access ...
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Video: Paul Charnley, Director of IT and Information, Wirral University Teaching Hospital

In January, as part of HTN Digital Week, we heard from Paul Charnley, Director of IT and Information at Wirral University Teaching Hospital on population health management in the Wirral region. In this webinar Paul discusses the  journey and experience that the Wirral team have been on as they have worked to ...
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NHS teams-up with tech giants for live COVID-19 data dashboard

NHS England and Improvement and NHSX have teamed up with tech giants to consolidate key data sets to inform COVID-19 decision making. The group is to develop a data platform and dashboard that will provide organisations with secure, reliable and timely data to make informed, effective decisions. The data will ...
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Royal Wolverhampton picks Zesty for digital outpatients

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has signed an agreement with Zesty to deliver its digital patient portal to support around half a million people. The portal is to be introduced as part of the trust’s digital plans over the next 5 years and it aims to launch the solution from ...
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Interview Series: Anil Madhar and Mark Smith, Enovacom

In our latest interview we spoke with Anil Madhar and Mark Smith, from Enovacom, an Orange Business subsidiary that provides health and care organisations with interoperability tools that delivers the secure exchange of data between the health economy stakeholders promoting collaboration. We asked Anil and Mark a few questions to ...
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InterSystems ePMA saves North Tees 53 hours a day

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust introduced the InterSystems TrakCare electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) system, removing the previous paper based process. The trust said in result nurses have saved more than 50 hours each day, or 19,345 hours a year, and have seen safer ways of working and a ...
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NHSX plans to set minimum tech spend for trusts regulators reveal

NHSX, with NHS England and NHS Improvement will be exploring setting a minimum level of tech spend for NHS trusts. Included within the NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2020/2021 the organisations will be exploring the level of funding required so the NHS achieves digital transformation by 2024. NHSX will ...
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Hancock “better tech is not a ‘nice to have’ but vital to have for the NHS”

In a speech delivered on Tuesday, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock raised technology higher on the agenda than ever before and spoke about the importance of people, standards, leadership and scalability. He talked about leadership and the importance of every CEO leading on digital transformation, backed by ...
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Video Case Study: Enterprise imaging platform supports University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has been utilising Sectra’s enterprise image management system since 2016. Since going live, the platform has delivered benefits to staff members across the region by aligning imaging with the EPR. With seamless image flow Morecambe Bay has been able to provide images ...
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Integration announced between Patients Know Best and Healthcare Communications

Patients Know Best and Healthcare Communications have announced a partnership to integrate to offer a ‘digital first’ experience where possible. The integration between the two suppliers means from a referral to discharge patient interactions can be digital at every point. Kenny Bloxham, Managing Director at Healthcare Communications “This partnership offers patients ...
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HTN 100: NHS Digital, LabGenius, X-on and Kaia Health

NHS Digital Webinar: Digital Medicines Interoperability NHS Digital is hosting a webinar at 12:30PM, Friday 13 December 2019. The webinar will focus on their work on an interoperable medication standard that has now been underway for a year. The session will include: FHIR terminology server and how you can gain ...
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Systems that cannot talk to each other putting patients at risk, researchers suggest

A team of researchers at the Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI) at Imperial College London, have published findings that highlight NHS Trusts were using at least 21 different electronic medical record systems which are unable to effectively share information. The report stated “On 11 million occasions, patients attended a hospital ...
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Connecting care across Lincolnshire

At the annual InterSystems Joined Up Health and Care conference Liz Jones and David Smith from Lincolnshire STP presented the work in the region to deploy a care portal, a patient portal, and digital care plans using InterSystems HealthShare. Presenting at the event Liz Jones said  “Back in 2013, led by Public ...
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92% clinical staff say record sharing improves patient care

Ninety-two per cent of staff say the MIG from Healthcare Gateway has helped them to improve overall patient care, an independent benefit analysis conducted by NHIS direct with clinical staff using the MIG has found. GP Dr Anita Bloor, Senior Medical Advisor at out-of-hours and urgent primary care provider NEMS, said: “Access to ...
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Patients Know Best integrates medication compliance data

Patients Know Best has partnered with Adherium to integrate the Hailie® and Patients Knows Best® platforms to improve clinician and patient access of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) adherence and usage data. Adherium is a provider of connected respiratory medical devices, with more than 170,000 sold globally. Its Hailie® solution is ...
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HTN 100: Interoperability for medical devices webinar, Advanced acquires CareWorks and Bupa Cromwell installs robot for surgery

Webinar: how a single interoperability platform can connect any medical device On Tuesday 29th October at 11AM, Enovacom, an Orange Business Service subsidiary held a live webinar focusing on interoperability. Anil Madhar, a consultant at Enovacom discussed the importance of interoperability and the emergence of its priority to provide accurate and ...
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Data streams added to Dorset Care Record

The Dorset Care Record has announced a series of new data streams of health and social care records are to be live this week. The new data feeds such as allergy information means that a quarter of the proposed data feeds within the care record will have been successfully integrated. ...
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GPs in Wales to be given access to Welsh Clinical Portal

The Welsh Clinical Portal has started a pilot to make the system available to GPs across the country. Previously access to the system was only available to clinicians directly involved with a patient’s hospital care. A selection of GPs in Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board are the first to pilot ...
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Successful pilot phase of the National Record Locator

Following a successful first pilot of the National Record Locator, NHS Digital has announced the service will be rolled out further. It means paramedics will be able to access mental health crisis plans of emergency patients when they need it. NHS Digital said the pilot will now expand giving paramedics the ...
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Olympus and Inhealthcare partner to target wasted appointments

Inhealthcare has partnered with Olympus to launch a new education service aimed to reduce wasted endoscopy appointments. The digital service is aimed to support trusts meet their Did Not Attend (DNA) targets, reduce cancer wait times and capture patient reported outcome measures (PROMS). It will provide a review on how to ...
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Case Study: GP data as the foundation for information sharing

Orion Health and Healthcare Gateway have a long-standing relationship, built on working with joint customers who want to share GP data through their provider portals using the Medical Interoperability Gateway. This case study explores examples of success and explains how the partnership is planned to develop in the future. Orion ...
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NHS Digital partners with University of Oxford, Microsoft and IBM for new hub for clinical trials

NHS Digital has partnered with the University of Oxford, Microsoft and IBM to develop a new hub that aims to revolutionise the way in which clinical trials are delivered. NHS DigiTrial, the NHS Health Data Research Hub for Clinical Trials, is one of seven hubs announced this week to enable cutting-edge ...
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Imprivata and Ascom partner for ‘tap and go’ access

Imprivata®, a leading healthcare IT security company, is partnering with Ascom a provider focused on mobile workflow, to deliver a single sign-on solution for its users. The ‘tap and go’ technology will mean clinicians have speedy access to patient and clinical data when they need it. The partnership will remove ...
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Greater Manchester unveils £14.3m digital transformation programme

Greater Manchester has unveiled plans for a £14.3m digital transformation programme to develop advanced technologies across its public services. The programme will focus on joining-up vital information and remove the current barriers of its services using a variety of different technical systems that are unable to share information. Under the plans, a ...
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Portsmouth CCG first for latest electronic prescription upgrade

All GP practices in Portsmouth CCG are now live with the latest upgrade as part of the Electronic Prescription Services (EPS). The latest upgrade, Phase 4, has been piloted by the CCG and now 100% of practices are enabled for prescriptions to be sent electronically. NHS Digital said once the ...
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Nine new tools and services to use NHS login

NHS Digital has announced nine new products including myGP and Mjog Messenger will use the NHS login service. The service provides patients with a secure, simple way to identify themselves and match them to their records, with the new products adding to the current 4 products connected. NHS login is ...
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Great Western goes live with new online appointment tool

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has introduced a new online appointment service, aiming to improve patient experience and reduce the number of missed appointments. Utilising the DrDoctor platform, patients will have the option to receive their appointment letters, reminders and view important clinic information and hospital floor plans from their smartphones, ...
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Hundreds of users access cancer care record in first six days

NHS Wales Informatics Service has announced cancer care records are now available to view in the Welsh Clinical Portal. In just the first 6 days nearly one thousand users have accessed the information. Previously the cancer patient information was only available to Cancer Network Information System Cymru (CaNISC) users, however ...
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Researchers integrate genomics data in to Irish electronic patient records

Researchers from Ireland’s HSE Epilepsy Lighthouse Project and FutureNeuro, the SFI Research Centre for Chronic and Rare Neurological Diseases, have developed a new genomics module in the Irish National Epilepsy Electronic Patient Record system. Many adults and children with epilepsy of unknown causes now undergo genomic testing, which can help ...
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12 Health Boards now live with TrakCare

Twelve of Scotland’s NHS boards have now gone live with InterSystems TrakCare, with NHS Forth Valley the latest to deploy. The deployment means 12 of the 14 NHS boards in Scotland are live using TrakCare to provide thousands of healthcare professionals access to vital patient information. Forth Valley migrated three separate ...
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David Hancock elected vendor co-chair at INTEROPen

David Hancock, the healthcare executive advisor at founder-member InterSystems has been elected to the new role of vendor co-chair at INTEROPen. INTEROPen is an OPEN collaboration of individuals, industry, standards organisations and health and care providers, who have agreed to work together to accelerate the development of open standards for ...
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Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft pledge commitment to interoperability

Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft were some of the organisations in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to announce plans to provide consumers with easier access to their medical information. The providers pledged their commitment to interoperability and the joint venture has led to the development of new specifications. The CARIN Blue Button® data model and draft implementation guide ...
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InterSystems NHS HL7 FHIR profiles made available for free

InterSystems has made all NHS HL7 FHIR profiles available to NHS customers for free to support the NHS deliver interoperability. One of the components made available to the NHS will help support the Transfer of Care Initiative by providing the tools for trusts to connect to the Message Exchange for Social ...
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PRSB publishes new standard for shared care records

The Professional Records Standards Body has published a new standard to outline the core information to be shared in a person’s care record. Following a consultation process with over 1,500 professionals and organisations the new standard determines the vital information about a person that should be shared between health and care ...
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South West London Pathology picks lab information system

The South West London Pathology network has chosen CliniSys for a new laboratory information management system. The network was set-up by St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to support more than two million people in London. The aim of ...
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Case Study: Joining the dots to improve care – Inside North Tees’ adoption of EPMA

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, which employs over 5,600 staff and has a 570-bed capacity, was the first English NHS Trust to deploy the InterSystems’ TrakCare electronic patient record, in 2015. Since then, the Trust has been using TrakCare to help it achieve its digital health ambitions. Having ...
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Birmingham launches single maternity record

A single maternity record system has been launched in Birmingham and Solihull to benefit more than 18,000 women across the region. The single maternity record will enable clinical information to be shared between the four hospitals run by Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust (BWC) and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS ...
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InterSystems extends mobile capabilities

A new release of InterSystems TrakCare has been released providing mobile-enabled interfaces to all clinical workflows. The new release is an extension to the capabilities of the unified healthcare information system from InterSystems to improve the user interface and experience at the point of care. The mobile functionality includes support ...
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National Events Management Service goes live

The National Events Management Service is now live allowing for patient centric event messages to be published from one system and distributed to a number of other subscriber systems. The service means vital child health information will now be available to health professionals and parents at the point of care. The ...
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HTN Industry View: NHSX to mandate health tech standards

Last week HTN reported on NHSX confirming their intent to mandate the use of internationally-recognised tech and data standards across the NHS to ensure a consistent language of clinical terms to help staff share information, as reported by HTN here. Following our news article, we asked the industry for their views ...
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Mike Green, CCIO: Why sharing health and care information is not enough

Creating a digital version of the old paper system only gets health and care so far; we need to look at workflow beyond any one hospital or organisation, writes Mike Green, chief clinical information officer at South Devon and Torbay NHS Foundation Trust. Sharing information We have made some really ...
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