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NHS to benefit from information sharing challenge funding to develop new digital services

Having been oversubscribed by 100 % with almost 100 applications, the Department of Health Informatics Directorate has announced over 40 IT projects from across the NHS are to benefit from £2.2m funding to develop new digital services that improve patient care and can be used to share information more easily across the NHS. (Published: 30 November 2012)

Awards from the Information Sharing Challenge Fund have been invested in innovative IT projects including clinical correspondence, telehealth and involving up to 60 suppliers.

The principal requirements are that the projects deliver improvements that directly benefit integrated care, can easily be adopted by other NHS organisations as part of the NHS Interoperability Toolkit and provide value for money.

Bill McAvoy, Interim Director of Intelligence, Patients and Information Directorate, NHS Commissioning Board Authority said: "This money marks a significant leap forward in encouraging local innovation to allow for effective information sharing between NHS organisations, social services and the third sector. This makes for an exciting opportunity to pave the way for more collaborative patient-centred working across the NHS."

A complete list of the NHS organisations that have received funding and details about their individual projects is available on the NHS Interoperability Toolkit web pages.