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New fund will boost digital innovation

Funding of up to £99,000 will be available for NHS organisations that come up with new digital services, that improve patient care and help share information more easily across the NHS, the Department of Health announced today. (Published: 31 August 2012)

The Information Sharing Challenge Fund (ISCF) is looking for innovative ideas that change the way information is currently used and shared between different organisations, so that NHS staff, clinicians and patients can access information when they need to and patients can be involved in decisions about their care if they wish to be.

The deadline for applicants is 5 October 2012. Read the full ISCF press statement.

Health Minister Lord Howe said:

"We want to support doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals to be innovative in the NHS. That is why we have created this fund to encourage NHS organisations to come up with new digital ideas that not only improve services for patients but help create an environment where local IT information can be more easily shared across the NHS. I look forward to seeing the ideas that come forward."

To assist NHS organisations in applying for funding, the Interoperability Toolkit team have recently run a number of one-hour webinar sessions aimed at explaining the ISCF application process in more detail and how an NHS trust should go about completing an application.

If you have missed these sessions these slides are available for viewing (PowerPoint, 1.4Mb).

Should you have any queries regarding your project please get in touch at toolkit.enquiries@nhs.net.