This report in e-Health Insider is exactly what I want to hear, let’s hope they can deliver the goods. I think the biggest problem with interoperability has been that NHS (at least in Scotland – I don’t know about England) has been trying to use legacy-friendly data aggregation techniques to pull information in from different sources, but without requiring any of the 3rd-party software developers to open up their APIs or adhere to software interoperability standards. This new initiative is promising to address that issue, which is very exciting news for programmers: if it works, NHS Scotland will be able to reap the benefits too (England and Scotland have lots of software packages in common after all). Here’s a quote:
“But for now it’s about publishing standards and getting suppliers to open up the APIs [Application Programming Interfaces].”