NHS launches website to support data standards

The NHS has launched a new website to support information standards across the UK's largest employer and service.

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The NHS has launched a new website to support information standards across the UK's largest employer and service.

The website, www.infostandards.org, has been developed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), working in partnership with NHS England, the Department of Health and other commissioning partners.

The site is aimed at information standards professionals across health and social care. It provides a single place to locate all information standards, along with valuable supporting material, such as e-learning, implementation guidance and case studies. 

It also enables users of the site to become active participants in the development of standards, by facilitating the sharing of materials, user experiences and views on existing and potential future standards.

Kathy Farndon, head of health information standards and information governance at NHS England, said, “The necessary transformation of information standards depends on the combined efforts of the standards community.

"Developers and appraisers, system suppliers, health and care professionals and policy leads all have a part to play, and all of our voices need to inform the commissioning, development and adoption of information standards."

Dr Ken Lunn, director of information standards delivery at the HSCIC, said,“Openness and increased engagement with end users can only improve the development, delivery and adoption of effective information standards.

"Standards are essential for the delivery of improved, digitally-enabled health and care services, and by collaborating with the wider community we can tackle together the challenges we all face.”