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Over 40 NHS projects get data sharing funding

The services promise to improve patient care

The Department of Health Informatics Directorate plans to give over 40 IT projects from across the NHS £2.2 million in challenge funding to develop new digital services.

The services promise to improve patient care and will be used to share information more easily across the NHS.

Awards from the Information Sharing Challenge Fund are being invested in IT projects including clinical correspondence and telehealth, and involve up to 60 suppliers.

The projects that got funding had to directly benefit integrated care, and could easily be adopted by other NHS organisations as part of the NHS Interoperability Toolkit.

The awards include those given to Alder Hey Childrens Foundation Trust for a "hub to hub clinical documentation architecture", Barts Health NHS Trust for a "health information exchange and connectivity programme", and the "pharm-2-pharm application" at the East Lancashhire Hospitals NHS Trust

Bill McAvoy, interim director of the intelligence, patients and information directorate, of the 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."

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