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Options for the ITK "Get Document" interface

What would be your preferred way for ITK to specify the... More ›
What would be your preferred way for ITK to specify the “Get Document” transaction? Less ›
1. Messaging based (e.g. ITK-WS as per other ITK specs)
 
0% (0 votes)
2. Direct HTTP GET using a supplier defined URL in the notification
 
25% (1 votes)
3. Both of the above - I will choose which to use
 
50% (2 votes)
4. Neither of the above - I know a better way
 
0% (0 votes)
5. Not sure
 
25% (1 votes)
 

Information Sharing Challenge Fund (ISCF) launched

Information Sharing Challenge Fund (ISCF) launched today. The Information Sharing Challenge Fund is looking for innovative ideas that change the way information is currently used and shared between different organisations so that NHS staff, clinicians and patients can access information when they need to and patients can be involved in decisions about their care if they wish to be. NHS organisations can bid for funding if their ideas demonstrate value for money and can easily be adopted by other NHS organisations as part of the NHS Interoperability Toolkit (ITK).


New fund will boost digital innovation

Up to £99,000 will be available for NHS organisations that come up with new digital services that improve patient care and help share information more easily across the NHS, the Department of Health announced today.

The Information Sharing Challenge Fund is looking for innovative ideas that change the way information is currently used and shared between different organisations so that NHS staff, clinicians and patients can access information when they need to and patients can be involved in decisions about their care if they wish to be.

NHS organisations can bid for funding if their ideas demonstrate value for money and can easily be adopted by other NHS organisations as part of the NHS Interoperability Toolkit (ITK). The toolkit is a set of standards and frameworks that allows different IT systems to connect together.

 

Health Minister Lord Howe said:

 

"We want to support doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals to be innovative in the NHS. That is why we have created this fund to encourage NHS organisations to come up with new digital ideas that not only improve services for patients but help create an environment  where local IT information can be more easily shared across the NHS. I look forward to seeing the ideas that come forward."

 

 

Ailsa Claire, Transition Director for Patients and Intelligence, NHS Commissioning Board Authority said:

 

“The recently published NHS Information Strategy highlights the need for a “connect all” approach to IT systems and the Information Sharing Challenge fund is all about helping care services collaborate. There are many opportunities for effective information sharing between NHS organisations, social services and the third sector.

 

“The public rightly expects the NHS, social care and other organisations to work together. Encouraging local innovation in this way will allow for better integrated care and allow patients to access their information so they can make decisions based on what they need.”

Maternity Digital Capture and Telehealth are good examples of innovative IT that are being piloted across the NHS. These systems enable improved patient care by transferring data from digital systems, such as tablet PCs, digital pens and remote patient monitoring systems, to central clinical records to be shared with patients and health care professionals.

The Information Sharing Challenge Fund prospectus, supporting information and application form are now available for download and can be accessed on the DH website http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/08/information-sharing-challenge/