DHACA exceeds 100 members


Digital Health and Care AllianceDHACA (Digital Health and Care Alliance) has recently exceeded 100 members, and new members are joining at a rate of 1-2 per day. Meanwhile, the DHACA core team within i-focus are busy preparing the first events and working out the governance details. The intention is that once this initial phase is over, members themselves will have the most important say in how DHACA is run, and what are its priority activities.  To get things started, we are working on mHealth Apps as

Interoperability: costly? Limits differentiation?

Interoperability is often perceived as an unnecessary cost for suppliers, especially suppliers who are capable or have ambitions to dominate the market through offering comprehensive turnkey solutions. For smaller players the benefits of interoperability are perhaps clearer, but for them the perceived costs are more daunting. Some suppliers are concerned that interoperability will lead to plain vanilla, commoditised markets with little opportunity for differentiation. Comparison with other sectors shows that this need not be the case. Here there are two factors in play: (a) The cost of developing and implementing interoperability in digital health and care (b) The cost of not implementing

Reference Architecture

In order to give a meaningful framework for the development of the Interoperability Profiles, we are developing a Reference Architecture. At this stage there are no plans to implement this architecture as it stands, but its similarity to architectures within the dallas Communities means that discussions and decisions regarding Interoperability can take place using a common understanding. In particular:

  • it also allows key interfaces to be identified and defined
  • it allows user scenarios to be examined for feasibility
  • it allows important security, information governance, authentication topics to be considered for architectural completeness

When the architecture

Scenario sketches

The scenario-building process is now underway. This involves sketching realistic situations in which the service or system solution is used, so that the interoperability challenges can be clearly seen from a user perspective. The scenarios sketched so far are described in this document: Scenario sketches Members of the Communities are welcome to provide feedback to i-focus on these or other scenarios that are relevant.  The linked document contains space for feedback from each Community on each scenario, and these can be sent back to Simon.Bramwell@adi-uk.com or nigel.dallard@adi-uk.com Alternatively, comments can be made to this posting, useful if the comments merit

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

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

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.

Interoperability Initiatives