Spine2 is alive
The replacement for the NHS data spine, Spine2, went live over the bank holiday weekend.
Child health not ready for end of NN4B
The NHS Number for Babies will be replaced by the Personal Demographics Service in June, even though only one child health system in use in the NHS is so far compliant with it.
Medway sees part for orQestra
Medway NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with a spine mini service from Quicksilva to improve data sharing between systems and secure data quality.
NHS 111 service OrQestrates PDS
The North East Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust has bought Quicksilva’s orQestra to give staff working on its 111 service real-time access to the NHS Personal Demographic Service.
Barnsley Council hooks into PDS
Barnsley Council and Liquidlogic, a McKesson company, have achieved integration of NHS and social care records using the Personal Demographics Service.
Cheshire social care staff access PDS
Social workers and social care assessors at Cheshire East Council are accessing the NHS Personal Demographic Service using Esprit’s ShareCare system.
North Staffordshire OrQestrates PDS data
University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust has become the first acute trust to access the Personal Demographics Service from its legacy system via Quicksilva’s integration tool.
PDS access requires ‘business reason’
Staff accessing the Personal Demographics Service must have an appropriate ‘business reason’ for doing so, but need not have a legitimate relationship with a patient, according to NHS Connecting for Health. The Department of Health’s IT agency has published new guidance on managing access to the PDS, which sets out rules for access and the action […]
Dr Maureen Baker, Caldicott Guardian for NHS Connecting for Health, outlines new guidance on the use of the Personal Demographics Service.
NHS Number exemptions expected
Community pharmacists and other groups of NHS workers will be made exempt from the national requirement to use the NHS Number from next month because they cannot trace or store NHS Numbers. The National Patient Safety Agency is expected to publish an official statement confirming that healthcare providers including community pharmacists, community nurses, dentists, optometrists […]