A more joined-up, computerised NHS, one that could harness modern IT and communications to improve efficiency, make better use of precious budgets, and one that could support easy access and ownership of our medical journeys, is a key national priority.
There’s been a lot of progress and some knockbacks getting there. However, a promising new door that’s being opened by more and more NHS health teams is the IDCR, the Integrated Digital Care Record.
A key part of the move to a digital NHS as envisaged by the Secretary for Health Jeremy Hunt, IDCR represents a fully integrated digital patient record shareable across all care settings by 2018. The idea is to find a way to allow multiple stakeholders in primary, acute care and other bodies, especially in social care, to be able to safely and securely share information about patients in the surgery and front-line care context but also with social care partners.
Openness is key
If you look at the current NHS IT market, there are some packaged technologies available that can help with IDCR. The problem is that these solutions often suffer from a lack of openness.
Fundamental to making IDCR work is an open solution that can work with the wealth of data and data types, such as path test results, DICOM format scans, referral notes, social care records etc, that today’s national health and social care ecosystem is all about.
It’s only by strict adherence to such open standards that your IDCR can talk to the key NHS England-mandated systems you need to use, from FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) to CDA (Clinical Document Standard).
SynApps: our contribution to IDCR
SynApps has a proven track record of working with multiple data formats for just such NHS systems, and on a wide range of Open Source projects and with innovative technology partners.
With our unwavering commitment to open interoperability standards, our approach delivers IDCR success over more restricted alternatives.
Come and talk to us about how an open, standards-based approach, backed by some of the best clinical content management technology on the market, can make a digital and integrated 2020 a real and achievable target for you, your patients and your partners.