Orion Health signs up to techUK’s Interoperability Charter

 Population health management specialist backs IT industry membership body’s commitment to support delivery of technology-enabled integrated health and social care

London, UK – 22nd March 2016 – Orion Health has announced its support for techUK’s Health and Social Care Interoperability Charter as part of its ongoing commitment to the drive for integrated care.

The global health technology company now supports in full techUK’s Interoperability Charter, which includes commitments to making technical specifications for its interfaces available free of charge to other suppliers, the NHS and local authorities, and to not charge twice for the same software development.

As a signatory, Orion Health adheres to making information systems more open and easier to integrate, so enabling the free-flow of patient information between products and across the care continuum. In doing so, the company is making a significant contribution to delivering the new models of integrated care set out in the Five Year Forward View that will radically transform the way patients are treated.

Those that back the Charter are committed to ensuring that their information systems are neither financial nor technical obstacles, but are the enablers of change in the support of integrated care.

 “We are proud to announce our support for the Charter, as it is very much in line with our own values of being open, trusted and courageous,” said Colin Henderson, Orion Health managing director for the UK and Ireland.

“We have been operating in the UK and Ireland since before 2005 and have always embraced the need to work openly with other vendors for the good of both the patient and our healthcare customers. By signing up to these principles, Orion Health is displaying its commitment to sharing data and good practice in the interests of the public and professionals as a whole.”

The voluntary techUK Health and Social Care Interoperability Charter has been developed and ratified by the IT membership organisation and recognises that major transformation across health and social care systems is required to deliver NHS England’s Five Year Forward View. 

It commits suppliers to the following:

  • Make available to other suppliers, the NHS and local authorities, the technical specifications of our interfaces without charge.
  • Where there is customer demand, agree to co-operate without charge with other suppliers in developing interfaces.
  • Not reinvent the wheel and use internationally recognised standards where relevant.
  • Only charge reasonable and proportionate fees to the end user organisation for licensing, implementation and support services required for the interfaces.
  • Where new interfaces or enhancements to existing interfaces are required, not charge twice for the same software development.

The commitment has been supported by Orion Health’s chief technology officer Jason Careless and chief clinical information officer Dr Amir Mehrkar.

In a joint statement, they said: “We are both aligned in our enthusiasm and belief that information sharing for direct care is a fundamental prerequisite to achieving the NHS's Personalised Health and Care vision for 2020, and delivering best practices in interoperability and information governance is core to this journey. Our solutions provide controlled direct access to electronic records to a wide range of care professionals across all care settings. We look forward to being part of a growing community supporting the techUK Charter.”

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