At the end of last year, a community was formed called the ‘Code4Health Interoperability Community’ consisting of many stakeholders and groups; two techUK supplier representatives sit on the board of this community, Paul Cooper and our own Dr Amir Mehrkar. 

The community encourages interoperability delivery via a series of ‘action groups’ which may be formed by community members. This new group of suppliers is an action group that has the support of the Code4Health board members, NHS England and NHS Digital (HSCIC). Founding members include; Blackpear, Cerner, Endeavour Health, EMIS Health, IMS Maxims, Intersystems, TPP and ourselves. 

INTEROPen is founded on the evidence-based assertion that interoperability is more likely to be successful is suppliers unite to influence the design of standards from the start.

This supplier group’s activity will primarily be focused on:

  • Data exchanges between the different care domain systems e.g. GP, acute, community, mental health, child heath, maternity, social care
  • The establishment and validation, both clinical and technical, of FHIR based profiles for the exchange of granular transactional data between systems
  • The definition of APIs with associated trigger events to carry the data, particularly real time requests and posts
  • Informing the requirements for the technical governance rules, security mechanisms, and regional architectures that will be necessary to safely exchange data in an acceptable manner

An invitation was extended to all suppliers to join the group in April 2016. You can find our more about INTEROPen here and follow the updates on Twitter at @INTEROPenAPI