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TechUK Interoperability Charter

Edward Moffett

PatientSource is committed to improving how healthcare data and is always looking for additional means to support data sharing. When we heard about TechUK's initiative to introduce an Interoperability Charter we were keen to demonstrate that we shared the values it espouses and were one of the first organisations to sign the charter. 

Suppliers will be committing to five key principles:

  1. We will make available to other suppliers, the NHS and Local Authorities, the technical specifications of our interfaces without charge.
  2. Where there is customer demand we agree to co-operate without charge with other suppliers in developing interfaces.
  3. We will not reinvent the wheel and will use internationally recognised standards where relevant.
  4. We will only charge reasonable and proportionate fees to the end user organisation for Licensing, Implementation and Support services required for the interfaces.
  5. Where new interfaces or enhancements to existing interfaces are required, we will not charge twice for the same software development.

In return for these new principles of interoperability we ask that the NHS and Local Government reciprocate by guaranteeing that: 

  1. Nationally defined interoperability standards are based on internationally recognised standards and upon pragmatic, real-world requirements driven by business needs, in partnership with appropriate industry bodies such as techUK.
  2. Where accreditation or compliance testing is deemed necessary it will be kept lighttouch, proportionate, open to all, adequately resourced, and free.

To find out more about the charter, please visit the TechUK website