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BJSS and Apperta Drive Open Source Across the NHS

Press Release | Apperta Foundation, BJSS | July 29, 2016

BJSS, the Award-Winning Delivery-Focused IT Consultancy, and the clinician-supported Apperta Foundation CIC, today announce a partnership to promote the use of Open Source technology products across the NHS. The partnership will initially target deployment of LiveObs across the network of NHS Trusts in England. LiveObs is the BJSS-supported Enterprise edition of the Open e-Obs product, enabling real-time, device-agnostic nursing observations and assessments, multidisciplinary escalation and handover, and clinical task / workload management...

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NHS Open-Source Spine 2 Platform To Go Live Next Week

Caroline Baldwin | | August 20, 2014

A new iteration of the NHS platform that connects clinicians, patients and national applications is due to be completed this coming weekend.  Considered by the government to be critical national infrastructure, the Spine platform is a communications hub that connects key IT services developed as part of the troubled NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT)...

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NHS Spine ‘Successfully’ Rebuilt, Says HSCIC

Sooraj Shah | Computing | September 9, 2014

The NHS Spine 2 has been "successfully" rebuilt and launched, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).  The Spine is a part of the national infrastructure that stores patient information and enables electronic messaging; it was one of the only parts of the ill-fated NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT) that emerged with some credibility...

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Open Source NHS Spine Communications Hub Saves UK NHS £20m in First Year

Lis Evenstad | | September 3, 2015

The NHS Spine – the health service's communications hub that connects key IT services – has saved more than £20m in its first year, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). One year after the upgrade of the infrastructure behind the NHS Spine platform, the running costs of the system – which is used in all NHS organisations and handles up to 1,800 electronic transactions per second – have been cut by £21m compared to the previous version.

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Overview of Open Source and VistA in the UK's NHS

There is much widely publicised interest from NHS England in encouraging the development and implementation of open-source software in the National Health System (NHS) with the debate raging in a number of forums, notably on EHI where this article and the comments it has generated are vital reading for anyone interested in this issue. This debate has been fueled by the availability of NHS England’s £260 million Technology Fund which is actively soliciting open source projects include bids to implement an NHS VistA... Read More »

Small Firms And Open-Source Software Put Spine Back Into NHS After IT Fiasco

Vasa Curcin | The Conversation | September 30, 2014

Without the fuss and delays that have plagued so many large government IT projects, a key part of the NHS digital infrastructure was recently migrated and updated in a single weekend...

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UK NHS Delivers Ambitious Health IT Project - Believed to be the Biggest of its Kind

Press Release | HSCIC | February 17, 2016

HSCIC has just completed an ambitious 18 month transition project to entirely rebuild and redevelop the Spine on Open Source software and to move it to in-house management. This was achieved without disrupting the service it provides to 28,000 organisations and enabled the secure transfer of almost 150TB of data, including the demographic details of 80m people. The new Spine is believed to be the biggest public sector IT system to be built entirely on Open Source software, making it easier for developers to work with. It is managed from the Health and Social Care Information Centre's headquarters in Leeds.

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UK's HSCIC Wraps Up NHS Open Source Spine Transition

Mark Say | | February 18, 2016

Work on moving the NHS Spine to in-house management and redeveloping it to run on open source software has been completed, following an 18 month transition project run by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The organisation said it believes the Spine, which provides the technological backbone for connections between clinicians and service providers in NHS England, is now the largest public sector IT system to be built entirely on open source, and this will make it easier for developers to work with.

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UK: E-Referrals To Be Open Source

Rebecca Todd | E-Health Insider | May 28, 2013

Two suppliers have been shortlisted to develop an open source ‘NHS e-referrals service’ that will be officially launched next month. Beverley Bryant, NHS England's director of strategic systems and technology, told EHI that plans for a new e-referrals service had been given the “green light”. Read More »