NHS Digital all set to streamline data sharing between organizations


NHS Digital, the national provider of information, data, IT systems for clinicians in health and social care in England is on the path of improving data sharing between different organizations. This trading name for health & social care information centre has got into a deal with DXC Technology & CSIRO to enhance the clinical and administrative code mapping between health organizations and their on-contract technology suppliers.

The idea of this revamp is to provide easier access to procure a terminology server through a much swifter single supplier procurement framework. This shall in turn allow buyers to share code system reference data from a central NHS digital terminology server. What this will end up in doing is enable uncomplicated integration of local coding systems with other national and global coding languages.

The researchers, planners, and executioners with the aid of this terminology server will be able to outline a reference data for their benefit and usage. CSIRO has already developed Ontoserver that correlates common variations in clinical terminologies to help varied clinical software to interact with each other. The terminology server will act as a translation service that will be in sync with other tools such as NHS Data Dictionary which provides a reference point for information such as how the date of birth or any sort of a clinical condition ought to be recorded.

NHS has for long faced challenges with regards to recording data and thereafter reconciling, comparing and sharing it. As per Nicholas Oughtibridge, principal data architect at NHS Digital, CSIRO’s Ontoserver has in it to transform the way data is received, shared, and analysed across the healthcare segment. He further adds that NHS data’s significance as a valuable tool in thwarting diseases and finding a new course for treatment doesn’t require a testimony as it is pretty thorough in its approach, but a more localized data with faster access shall prove to be a real boost to the researchers.