Integrating healthcare technology across a region at Share2Care Connectathon

On March 6th, Aire Logic participated in The INTEROPen Share2Care Connectathon – an event hosted by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to explore the development of their Share2Care initiative.

The Share2Care programme, delivered by Global Digital Exemplar, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, in conjunction with INTEROPen, enables clinicians to access real-time health and social information from all care settings across Cheshire and Merseyside. Much like the Leeds Care Record that Aire Logic supports, Share2Care would ultimately ensure millions of patient records were available, electronically, at the point of care, across the whole region.

The Connectathon specifically aimed to bring professionals together to exchange ideas about using new and emerging technologies and standards, such as CareConnect APIs, GP Connect, and NHS login. The organisers also showcased the combined use of FHIR and XDS as an effective example approach towards open standards.

The event was attended by over 130 people, including clinicians, developers and technology suppliers, from over 20 NHS suppliers and 15 trusts from all over the country.

Aire Logic brought our smart digital forms platform — forms4health — to the Connectathon, with the aim of showing how patient questionnaire responses could be captured digitally.

We took Alder Hey’s Age and Stages 18 months paper questionnaire (ASQ) and used forms4health to create a digital version. This had to be integrated with NHS Login to accurately identify the patient, and then integrated with the XDS repository to store the structured data from the form, and generate a PDF output.

Working with the API Labs Care Connect team, we were also able to transform the data into a FHIR questionnaire response and post this into the Care Connect Reference Implementation (CCRI).

The event provided a great opportunity to speak with other organisations who share our passion for truly integrated health services, and to demonstrate how existing technologies, such as forms4health and Share2Care, are already making wide-scale shared care a reality.

image: ASQ 18 month questionnaire built using forms4health