1. Multi-platform service delivery

This work area is focused around how best to solve the problem of delivering applications on / content to a disparate collection of consumer client devices, from TVs (Sky, Virgin, Freesat, BT Vision, YouView STBs, Freeview & Freeview HD TVs, various brands of Connected TV, …) to computers (Windows, Mac, Linux) to smartphones and tablets (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, …). It may be that the best that can be achieved is to document what each platform can and cannot do, compiling lists of the specifications and standards that they comply with. However, it is to be hoped that system

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3. Use of Consumers’ Existing Devices

With the intent of deploying consumer-space health and well-being services, and the financial constraints on statutory service provision, it is increasingly important that consumers’ existing devices (TVs, computers, smart phones, tablets, …) are able to be used as the application platform. One of the key issues in this area is the applicability of the Medical Devices Directive, and the implications of this Directive on the aspirations to run health and well-being related applications on devices that are inherently open.

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Interoperability Priorities

The prioritisation work that i-focus executed within Q1 has now been reviewed and finalised. The full report on this work is now available. The priority Interoperability Initiatives for Phase 1 of i-focus are finalised as: Priority Initiative 1 3. Use of Consumers’ Existing Devices 2 9. Interfacing of PHR with statutory services 3 1. Multi-platform Service Delivery 4 7. ID & Consent While the other Interoperability Initiatives received some support from the

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Interoperability Dashboard

The Interoperability Steering Group (ISG) has produced a version of the Stakeholder Map that we will use as a “Dashboard” (a one-page status overview) for interoperability progress. This is a diagram showing all the stakeholder groups from a very high level perspective, depicting the status of the interfaces between these groups in “traffic-light” colours. It also shows the funding flows. While this diagram remains a top-level view with little working detail, we will align our other stakeholder mapping with this. This version is for England. The ISG has undertaken to produce variants for the devolved administrations. Once the Prioritisation for dallas

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i-focus and the dallas communities

i-focus has been busy since June working closely with the Living it Up (Scotland), Feel Good Factory (Liverpool) and Year Zero teams to develop terms of engagement, priorities, processes and approaches across the dallas programme. It is very exciting to see the opportunities for real impact starting to emerge from these discussions…

Living it Up

We have agreed to start from the LiU theme of “connecting people and their circles of care using familiar technology” around the technical metaphor of the “shopping mall”.

The Feel Good Factory

i-focus and the Feelgood Factory have terms of reference in place, and have agreed

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Where to start?

The scope of dallas is potentially huge. If we are to be effective we have to select, define and prioritise very carefully. i-focus is working with the other dallas Communities to develop process for prioritizing design and interoperability work. This process is being finalised, and the prioritisation mechanism is being rolled out now. – take a look and feel free to post or email your comments.

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Who are the services for?

Connected health and care propositions can involve complex networks of users, families, carers, professionals, public bodies and other stakeholders But who are the services for ? What is the value proposition for each  person ? We have just released our first view of the dallas Stakeholder Map from across the dallas Communities. This will be updated throughout dallas, and will form the basis of our work in building user scenarios and ultimately the technical requirements, architectures and Interoperability Profiles.

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focusing on Interoperability

i-focus was set up with the remit to develop Interoperability Profiles that will assist the dallas Communities in developing services and solutions in sustainable, open, interoperable ways. But it is all too easy in a vast area such as Interoperability to work on making progress in ways that ultimately add little value because of commercial barriers, road-blocks, or plain lack of real need! We have set ourselves the task of first determining which areas can most benefit from introducing Interoperability.  And this means understanding the areas where the Communities actually plan to implement services in the dallas programme. First we

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