The NHS is changing. Simon Stevens' Five Year Forward View proposes new models of integrated care that will radically transform the traditional boundaries between primary, secondary, community, and social care. techUK members that supply to the health and social care market welcome these changes and wish to make a meaningful contribution, by making information systems more open and easier to integrate, to enable the free-flow of patient information between products, and hence across the care continuum. Our Vision for Interoperability
(March 2015) sets out the changes to interoperability standards that are needed to deliver radical service transformation. Signatories to our Interoperability Charter, which symbolises the core principles outlined in our Vision document, are committed
to ensuring that their information systems are neither financial nor technical obstacles, but are the enablers of change in support of integrated care.
In September 2015 NHS England announced its support
for techUK's Interoperability Charter. Inderjit Singh, Head of Enterprise Architecture, NHS England said: "We support the Interoperability Charter and the need for suppliers to provide open interfaces within and across care settings, and therefore will be directing organisations starting to plan their blueprint for interoperability to the Charter for their supplier partners."