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Defining an Open Platform

Today the Apperta Foundation – a not-for-profit Community Interest Company created by NHS England published “Defining an open Platform” to make the case for open platforms and lay out a blueprint for an open platform architecture at a level of detail that would allow any willing party to build a implementation of an open platform that would be interoperable with any other. The proposal is based on HL7 FHIR, SNOMED-CT, IHE-XDS and openEHR and draws on pioneering work globally and in the UK that have proven how these standards can be used to build an open platform.

inidus CEO Ewan Davis was the primary author of this document and draws on the work he and inidus CCIO Dr Ian McNicoll have been involved in using openEHR. First implemented as HANDI-HOPD the HANDI Open Platform Demonstrator and then as the Code4Health platform by NHS Digital.

inidus are currently engaged to build the next generation open platform for NHS Digital Code4Health and will also be launching a production ready version as the inidus platform which will be fully compliant with the definition laid out in “Defining an Open Platform”

Defining an Open Platform is the beginning of a journey to create an new paradigm for the delivery of digital technology in health and care that liberates data, enables innovation and ends vendor lock-in. Apperta actively seek the participation of others in this journey of which inidus are already a part. You will find the document here along with links to make any comments you may have.

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