Interoperability Workshop

22nd November 2012, Aspire, Leeds This workshop will focus specifically on dimensioning the requirements for the dallas communities in terms of implementing service led changes and re-design. This event is for anyone involved in interoperability issues; it ranges across the NHS and public sector and into the consumer model, and includes the interaction and information flows between NHS organisations and commercial suppliers. It will be of interest to a broad range of business in the sector, the public sector, 3rd sector partners and all stakeholders. It will be of direct relevance to those participating in the dallas communities and the dallas partnership

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5. Multi-sourcing of telecare and telehealth equipment

Today there is only limited interoperability between the telehealth and telecare systems of different manufacturers. This can result in service operators feeling “locked in” to a specific supplier, and unable to purchase equipment from a different supplier, even if it is cheaper, or provides facilities unavailable from the incumbent supplier. This work area is focussed around the development of a suitable interoperability framework that would  open-up the market to greater competition, driving innovation and reducing cost of ownership. It would likely be based around agreeing  open standards upon which interfaces could be provided at various points in the overall system

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6. Telehealth system integration with GP systems

One of the perceived obstacles to the widespread deployment of telehealth systems is the lack of integration between the telehealth system and the clinical information system used by GPs (and hospital consultants). This work area is focussed around removing or minimising any such obstacle, be it real or perceived. In an ideal world, it would be as easy for a GP to refer a patient onto a telehealth programme as it is to refer him/her to a hospital for diagnosis. From within his existing records system, the GP should be able to select the telehealth service, and define the parameters

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8. Data security and information governance

This work area is focussed on the data security and information governance issues that are necessary and/or appropriate given the increased use of electronic health records, both within the statutory sector and the consumer space. Issues such as what encryption algorithms are appropriate for the storage and transmission of data, and what information can be made available for viewing or editing by which people under what circumstances are expected to be key to this work.

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4. Shared services (shared calendar, messaging, etc)

Creating informal social care networks is a fundamental requirement for reducing health and social care costs in the future. These social care networks are facilitated by IT and communication services that help people interact and support elderly and needy relatives and friends.

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2. Streaming multimedia

This work area is focussed around the use of streamed multimedia content within applications. This could be simultaneous two-way multimedia streaming, as used for a video call, or it could be one-way on-demand or broadcast multimedia used for education / coaching, for example. Different qualities of service and levels of security are likely to be required for different applications. For example, a “consumer-grade” service such as Skype may be adequate for interactions between family members or informal carers, but a high fidelity, higher-security system might be required if a consultation with a health professional is necessary. Ideally, it would be

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9. Personal Health Records and statutory systems

With increased emphasis being placed on self-management of health and well-being, it is important that a patient can import data from his/her statutory health record into his/her personal health record, and also for him/her to be able to share this data with health professionals if he/she so desires. This work area will focus on addressing the barriers to this interfacing between PHRs and statutory systems.

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7. Identity and consent

This work area is focussed on the related issues of proving one’s identity in an electronic, online world, and the provision of consent by the patient to different people to access various data sets are addressed in a co-ordinated manner. Initiatives such as the Cabinet Office’s Identity Assurance Programme are clearly important in this area, but for certain applications and in certain circumstances, other means of identification may be appropriate / acceptable, for example a Facebook login account or an account with a federated identify system such as OpenID.

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