HSCIC To Support Open Source

Lis Evenstad | eHealth Insider | October 29, 2013

The Health and Social Care Information Centre will extend its support for NHS organisations and providers using open source, open interfaces and cloud technology to increase integration across health and social care.

A draft of the HSCIC’s strategy for 2013-2015 presented at the centre's latest board meeting says it will focus heavily on supporting interoperability, open source software and the use of application programming interfaces.

“By March 2015, we will develop and publish for consultation a 10-year strategic technology futures framework that majors on integration across social care into healthcare services, ensures that there is greater use of cloud technologies, open source, and other new developments, as well as increased use of standards for interoperability,” says the strategy.