23 July 2008
The eagerly awaited NHS Health Informatics Review report published on 10 July 2008 by the Department of Health reiterates the importance of standards in healthcare information management.
The report includes the following key statements of principle and intent:
'standards will need to go beyond the NHS Care Records Service to include all information and data in the NHS... this implies a major programme of standards development...'
'[we] will create the technology and standards required to allow high quality local solutions to be integrated within hospitals and across care settings and a wide range of providers...'
'we will implement a rigorous process that makes sure existing standards are adopted... make sure that proposed new standards are planned and co-ordinated to minimise the burden of collection... we will develop a process for managing the end-to-end process of standards development'
'it will be necessary to make sure that there are stronger mechanisms in place for the assessment, approval and implementation of such standards to ensure standards are implementable and supported'.
HL7 UK welcomes this strong endorsement of standards-based interoperability and looks forward to supporting the proposed programme of standards development and implementation.
Report available from here
Last modified 23/07/08