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Industry bulletin

Issue 5 - July 2017 (bi-monthly)
News and opportunities for the tech industry - tell us what you think
NHS Digital/techUK strategic partnership launch
techUK strategic partnership

NHS Digital and the technology industry body techUK have formed a strategic partnership.

Launched at eHealth week in May, the strategic partnership aims to transform the way in which the industry accesses and consumes NHS Digital’s services. Helping to ensure industry can begin to gear up for all the potential opportunities coming from ‘paperless 2020’ and inform delivery strategies around the programmes.

It provides a framework for NHS Digitals’ engagement with industry, which will allow us to create the right market conditions to support the overall NHS Digital transformation agenda, enabling and stimulating innovation within the sector.

We have an ongoing series of joint events taking place with techUK. For more information contact (
Information and resources

We run regular events with techUK providing opportunities for industry. Resources from these events are available afterwards on the Industry briefing platform

Clinical Triage Platform
Find out about the future Clinical Decision Support system and take part in the consultation

Supplier Information Exchange 
Learn about the progress being made with the new Supplier Information Exchange platform that will provide better information and services to suppliers.

Health and Social Care Integration 
Find out about the work we are doing with techUK in this area and their plans to set up a “social care supplier” special interest group
Integration roadmap

NHS Digital has published the first NHS e-Referral Service integration roadmap to explain where and when we are supporting greater integration through the use of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). This will help businesses plan and identify areas where they may be able to contribute. More information in the eRS API Integration Library.
  • API Integration - phase 1 has provided the foundations to support clinical system integration. The initial Clinical Referral Information (CRI) APIs have been evaluated and are now being piloted by suppliers. The aim is to support the transfer of clinical documents within hospital clinical systems. 
  • API Integration - phase 2 This alpha phase will enhance the API tools to support referral creation and decision support systems integration. 
  • Further planned integration will include ‘service search’ and ‘clinical triage’ to provide external visibility of the directory of services and to allow providers to extend their workflow integration with the service.
Health tech marketplace

A new online platform has been launched to help connect health tech businesses with potential NHS organisation buyers. ReconnHealth is designed to help drive innovation and stimulate collaboration within health and care; helping suppliers understand what buyers are looking for so they can better target their design solutions. 

The platform brings together health tech-related buyers, sellers, investors, funders and researchers. It contains contracts, requests for information, calls for pilot sites, framework calls, blogs, twitter feeds and news. Find out more and register at 

NHS Digital is supporting the ReconnHealth platform as part of our digital transformation agenda to help health and care organisations and industry to work more effectively together.  
Interoperability research

NHS Digital is working with chief information officers, the Local Government Association and techUK to support new research into interoperability across health and social care in the UK. The research is being conducted independently by KLAS research.

Interviews are underway and findings will be published early in 2018. Local customer organisations taking part will receive the report executive summary for free.

Anyone working on real time information sharing with health and care organisations is invited to take part. Just complete a short
survey and you’ll be contacted by email to set up a phone interview. For more information contact us.
HSCN network procurement begins

The first NHS organisations are starting to procure services to migrate to the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) – the replacement for the N3 data network.  We have communicated a timetable for HSCN procurement activity and are working with customers to ensure they have firm plans in place.

Any network supplier able to demonstrate compliance with the HSCN standards (detailed in the
HSCN Obligations Framework) will be able to sell and deploy HSCN network services to the health and care sector. To become a compliant HSCN supplier, please apply now.  

We are working closely with the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) on the HSCN connectivity procurement framework. This will provide a simple way for health and social care organisations to buy HSCN connectivity from a choice of compliant suppliers. CCS is consulting with customers and suppliers and plans to launch the new framework later this year. We will update you on this once the consultation launches.

For more information, visit the
HSCN supplier pages of our website.