Below is an excerpt from a recent National Audit Office Report (published
25 April 2007):
5. Open Standards
Open standards are key to achieving interoperability of information together with flexibility in the management of ICT assets. NHS Connecting for Health has been an exemplar of good practice in the UK public sector in developing open standards (the NPfIT Message Implementation Manual) for systems integration within its scope of influence, and has also demonstrated good practice by engaging in technical consultation with the implementation community during the development of these standards (for example, through HL7 UK, see http://www.hl7.org.uk).
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