Mar 252015

Mobile devices are being increasingly used in health and social care and there is a rapidly expanding availability of medical software applications (Apps) to use on them. To make sure you are up to date with current thinking we are bringing together both the health sector and industry to discuss a variety of topics.

For more information and how to book visit HERE

 Posted by on March 25, 2015 at 17:23
Mar 182015

techUK is hosting a briefing session with NHS England on Code4Health programme on 23rd March at 9.30am.

Richard Jefferson (Head of Business Systems, NHS England), will share the vision on how Code4Health will be a resource used by healthcare professionals and providers of services to deliver better patient outcomes. It will provide a platform for clinicians to come together with IT suppliers to identify and experiment with the systems in their Trusts and develop new functionality and products/solutions that they can potentially deploy. NHS England will also provide details on the opportunities for IT suppliers to get involved in the programme and will be looking to industry for feedback on plans and/or commitment to the programme.

Further details, including how to register can be found HERE.


 Posted by on March 18, 2015 at 12:01
Mar 132015

HANDI HOPD (Health Open Platform Demonstrator) was developed to provide a platform to enable clinicians to learn to code and to provide a testing and development environment to build apps.  Adopted by NHS England to power the Code4Health platform, with the revived programme having now been launched and the first courses are underway.

One of the first courses took place at Bradford University this week, with course provider LiveCode educating clinicians on how to develop their own apps.

As the programme expands, NHS England will be looking for additional commercial and academic organisations to apply to become accredited Code4Health course providers.

Further Code4Health courses are being held in Bradford and London this month, in Northumbria and Yeovil in April, and in Bolton, Croydon and London in May.

Interested in knowing more – SEE HERE

 Posted by on March 13, 2015 at 16:19
Mar 062015

The approach that Moscow City Council has adopted to create an open platform to support health and social care services in Moscow which uses some of the same technology as the Code4Health platform would seem to have relevance to the UK and in particular is a good fit for the needs of emerging new approaches to the integration of health and social care like that recently announced for Manchester.

Many of you will know about HANDI-HOPD the HANDI Open Platform Demonstrator  that we have been working on for the last few months, this has now morphed into the NHS Code4Health Platform launched by NHS England during eHealth Week in London this week (5th March 2015).  However, what you probably won’t know is that one of the key pieces of technology available on the platform is the same as that which is currently powering the whole of the eHealth system in Slovenia and even more impressively Moscow.

The Platform deployed in these two places brings together OpenEHR and IHE XDS  in a very impressive way. And I believe provides a model for what we might do in the UK and even more interestingly aligns with the thinking in a number of UK city regions who are already looking at IHE XDS and/or OpenEHR and who in a number of cases have already implemented one or the other. However, the UK initiatives appear to know little of what’s been done in Slovenia and Moscow and in particular how XDS has been successfully integrated with OpenEHR, which I believe takes the capabilities of the platform to a new level – This blog aims to put this right.

One of our key partners in the Code4Health Programme who have provided the core of platform and open source components for the OPENeP Project are Marand,  and they are also the company who provided the platform for both Slovenia and Moscow and it is from their charismatic CEO Tomaž Gornik that I draw much of my inspiration and information.

Before turning to some of the technical details I’d like to describe a little of what I understand of the somewhat different approaches in Slovenia and Moscow and the motivations behind them, as while both use what is fundamentally the same technical platform they came to the solution from different directions in ways which graphically illustrate the flexibility of the underlying technology.

Moscow City Council is responsible for pretty much all of the health and social services serving Moscow’s 11 million citizens covering broadly what we call primary, community and social care and outpatient clinics. Moscow is a complex environment and has large number of siloed legacy systems, which made interoperability difficult and created significant vendor lock-in of data and systems. Moscow wanted to separate data from applications and store its data in a vendor and technology neutral format and chose OpenEHR to do this. They piloted this approach using the Marand Think!EHR OpenEHR implementation (which is one of the components on the Code4Health Platform) and IHE XDS components from The same basic technology as Marand had already successfully implemented in Slovenia where the IHE componets were supplied by . The pilot was successfully and the platform is now rolling out across the City.

While both Slovenia and Moscow have ended up with broadly similar solutions they reached this point from opposite directions. Slovenia started simply wanting to implement IHE XDS to allow sharing at a document level, but came to realise that this did not support their need for fine-grained structured data to support big data analytics. They solved this problem with the integration of  OpenEHR. Moscow on the other hand started with a view they just needed OpenEHR, but were persuaded of the quick wins IHE XDS could bring with document level sharing and in particular its ability to mobilise documents already produced by legacy systems that would take some time to be replaced or upgraded to take full advantage of the power of OpenEHR.

In both Moscow and Slovenia the same proprietary components have been used to implement both XDS and OpenEHR.  However, both have the comfort that because the data is stored in an open format, these components can easily be replaced if alternatives emerge which appear to offer better performance or value. Indeed this portability of data is something that HANDI have already proven in the creation of the Code4Health platform which required the data to be moved between two competing OpenEHR implementations.

Requirements and technology will evolve, but for me for now and the foreseeable future the approach taken in Moscow seems like the best bet for the integration of systems and information in the complex environment of health and social care across a city region. It brings the long-term benefits of OpenEHR, which has the capacity to put data into an open, fine grained, structured format that is technology and vendor neutral, with the tools to easily engage frontline clinicians and other Health and Care Professionals in its curation while delivering the quick wins with XDS that can ensure the right document is available in the right place at the right time to support safe, efficient care.

Ewan Davis - Director
6th March 2015

Mar 052015

HANDI members, Our Mobile Health, are completing a market assessment of the UK health apps market to provide input to the NHS National Information Board work on endorsing health apps, and would like to include an overview of digital services and apps that are either in the pipeline or looking to grow adoption.

With this in mind, they are looking for digital service providers to complete a very short on-line questionnaire and hope that you can help?

The questionnaire can be viewed and completed HERE

This is a great opportunity to increase visibility amongst Public Health England, NHS and the NIB working group, should you so wish. The form does give you the opportunity to remain anonymous.

Please feel free to forward this on to anyone that may be able to help / interested.  Many thanks.


Mar 022015

The Diabetes Health App Challenge (DHA) - Patient-led app review, design and development - 'design an app contest' design entries for better diabetes management apps are in!

DHA want to know what you think - review the app designs and be entered into a prize draw to win £200!

Each review is an entry into the prize draw, and it only takes a few minutes, so review all four for more chances to win.

Your feedback will help the teams turn their designs into apps and help DHA choose which design should win a £200 award.

The DHA review page is also a great opportunity to share and see what other existing apps people are using for diabetes.

Deadline for prize draw inclusion 16th March 2015.

For more information see