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Industry bulletin

Issue 4 - March 2017

Welcome to our bi-monthly bulletin for members of the digital supplier industry.

This issue features updates on a number of NHS Digital initiatives and opportunities for you to get involved.

We would like to hear what you think of this bulletin and what you would like to see in future issues. If you have any feedback or suggestions please email us at enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

Industry briefing webinar

The next NHS Digital industry briefing will take place on Tuesday 21 March from 2pm - 4pm.

The briefing will be a webinar, jointly hosted by Tracey Watson, NHS Digital's Director of Innovation and Partnerships, and techUK.

The briefing will provide:

  • an update on our work, including the 'paperless 2020' programmes commissioned by the National Information Board
  • a in-depth look at a number of our development roadmaps and programme plans
  • a chance to ask questions of senior management leading development and service improvement programmes
  • a chance to share your views
  • signposting to further information and opportunities to help shape the development of NHS Digital's services.
Please register to join the webinar, and to raise any questions that you would like us to address at the briefing.

Terminology and Classifications annual survey

Members of the ICT supplier community are invited to take part in a survey on Terminology and Classifications products and services.

The Terminology and Classifications annual survey gives suppliers and other stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback that will help us identify areas for improvement.

Last year's survey led to the development and launch of Delen, NHS Digital's specialist collaboration and information sharing platform for our national Terminology and Classifications standards.

The results of the survey will influence the content of our Service Improvement Plan which we will publish shortly after the closing date, along with a summary of the survey findings.

The survey is open until 31 March and we would welcome your feedback. Thank you if you have already taken part.

Guidance to implement SNOMED CT

NHS Digital has launched a new section of the website on the implementation of SNOMED CT in primary care.

SNOMED CT is the clinical vocabulary that will replace Read codes within the NHS. The change to SNOMED CT must be adopted by all general practice service providers before 1 April 2018. Most other providers of healthcare must implement SNOMED CT before 1 April 2020. The change will affect anyone who adds or extracts data from clinical systems.

The new section of the website explains how the transition will be managed and provides details content including:

  • Key publications
  • Supplier implementation guidance
  • Clinical Commissioning Group publications
  • Education resources.
If you currently use Read codes and want to learn more, you can also book a place on one of our live weekly SNOMED CT webinars.

If you need any further guidance please email us at snomedprimarycare@nhs.net.


Field trials of ICD-11

People who use the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), including coders, coding managers and system suppliers, can now register to take part in ICD-11 classification field trials.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working on the 11th revision of the ICD in readiness for presentation to the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2018. NHS Digital, in its role as a WHO 'Family of International Classifications' Collaborating Centre, is participating in the quality assurance of ICD-11, alongside other countries, to help ensure it is fit for purpose.

Suppliers can browse the ICD-11 draft content. Further information is available from NHS Digital and from the WHO, including revision newsletters, background documentation and FAQs.

System suppliers will be particularly interested to note that ICD-11 includes:

NHS Digital will provide supplier specific implementation information as soon as it is made available by the WHO.

To participate in the field trials of ICD-11, please register your interest by email to information.standards@nhs.net. If you have any specific implementation questions, please email information.standards@nhs.net and we will respond or seek a response from the WHO.


Opportunity to join trade delegation at Hospitalar 2017

Healthcare UK, the Department for International Trade and NHS Digital are organising a trade delegation of British digital health organisations to Hospitalar 2017 in Brazil.

Hospitalar is the key event for the healthcare sector in the Americas and entry point for the South American market. It is the largest healthcare trade show in Latin America, attracting over 90,000 professional attendees with 50 talks, seminars, workshops and meetings focused on healthcare. This year's event takes place on 16-19 May in Sao Paulo.

The British delegation will be led by NHS Digital's Director of Digital Transformation, Beverley Bryant, and will feature some of the most innovative organisations in the healthcare technology space.

Private and public bodies can register expressions of interest to join the delegation by emailing sophie.roscoe@trade.gov.uk by 31 March 2017.

Register for export opportunities event

Healthcare UK and NHS Digital are running an event for British digital health suppliers that will provide details of digital health opportunities in key emerging international markets. The event will also enable you to share details of any barriers or challenges that affect your ability to export to these markets. This will help us to explore ways of removing or reducing them.

The event will take place on Tuesday 25 April from 12:30pm - 4:30pm in central London. Places are limited so please register for the event to reserve your space.


Future events

Experts from our team will be attending the following events and will be available to answer any questions you may have about our work. Please follow the links below for further information and to register for these events:

UK E-Health Week, London Olympia, 3-4 May 2017

Child Health Programme Update, techUK, 15 May 2017

NHS Target Architecture Workshop, techUK, 16 May 2017