Clinicians, developers and tech suppliers swapped ideas on patient information exchange strategies at a recent INTEROPen and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital event.

More than 130 people attended the Share2Care event, including 20 NHS suppliers and representatives of 15 trusts from all over the country.

The main topic of discussion focused on how to accelerate the development of key areas of the Share2Care programme using new technologies including; CareConnect APIs; GP Connect; and NHS login.

The combined use of FHIR and XDS were also showcased.

The highlights of the day included:

  • The FHIR Transfer of Care Discharge document was submitted and displayed in an XDS registry in real time, showing the power of FHIR and XDS and overall open standards
  • Two live demonstrations of NHS login integrated into patient-centric applications
  • Live publication to the National Record Locator service
  • XCA connectivity to provide a cross region shared patient record
  • A GP connect demonstration with the NHS team and TPP to a GP System supplier
  • Hacks by attendees and solutions displays using NHS login, Transfer of Care submission (intersystems), NRL publication, and publication to CareConnect Rest infrastructure

Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is working in conjunction with INTEROPen to deliver the Share2Care programme, which enables clinicians to access real-time health and social information across all care settings.

The programme, based on XDS technology, was created to enable the sharing of patient data across Cheshire and Merseyside, made possible by GDE funding.

The programme now contains more than two million patient records since its conception 18 months ago and is expected to be live at seven sites by the end of March.

Funding has been secured to roll it out to all 18 sites within the region.

Alder Hey is currently working with colleagues in Lancashire and Cumbria to join their shared records to create the North West coast patient record, which is expected to contain about four million patient records when complete.