NHS Interoperability Framework
Welcome to the NHS Interoperability Framework collection of TRUD downloads.
The NHS is continually challenged to deliver better patient care and to integrate that care across professional and care setting boundaries. The new Health and Social Care bill together with its attendant information strategy requires clinical and administrative information to be shared between care professionals and for patient care to be integrated between organisations and information systems.
There are many good examples of system integration and information sharing within the NHS which demonstrate the objectives outlined above, however there is no single point of collection or distribution for the associated specifications. The NHS Interoperability Framework is designed to be a collection and distribution point for interoperability specifications which may be useful for broader adoption.
The documents may be for consultation, draft status or may be exemplar specifications which have been deployed elsewhere. The Interoperability Toolkit (ITK) section of this framework will include specifications which have been formally adopted into the ITK for accreditation purposes.
The Interoperability Toolkit vision is based on the development of a toolkit for local interoperability. This will complement the existing National services, and will allow new products to be developed locally, accredited centrally and linked to existing deployments of information systems.
In future it is intended that ITK specifications undergo the rigour of completing one or more “first of type” deployments to ensure the specifications are as complete and stable as possible before rolling out across the NHS within vendor products. Therefore documents and specifications published maybe classified in two ways:
Release Candidate (RC) Issued Specification (IS)
For the definition of each type, please refer to the specific download area.
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