HS England has accredited healthcare open source pioneer IMS MAXIMS as a supporter to its Code4Health initiative, marking another key milestone in the drive to open source technology in the NHS.
Code4Health aims to bring like-minded individuals and organisations together to exploit the opportunities for digital health in the NHS, and the use of open source technology is a key part of this movement.
IMS MAXIMS becomes the first open source EPR provider to win accreditation to Code4Health, and will see its open source code, openMAXIMS, utilised by groups of clinicians and developers across the country to build applications via the Code4Health Platform.
Using the Code4Health Platform, communities will be able to develop applications that interact with the openMAXIMS suite of solutions, which includes EPR, patient administration (PAS), and a range of clinical modules.
Professor Michael Thick, the transplant surgeon who took on the poisoned chalice of clinical leadership at NHS Connecting for Health and is now chief clinical officer at IMS Maxims, makes the case for a new way of looking at the electronic patient record.
As a clinician who has been closely involved in clinical IT for all my working life, my first observation is that very few organisations have an electronic patient record (EPR) working properly.
My second observation is that unless we use technology to enable a transformation in service delivery, we are whistling in the wind as far as filling the £30bn funding gap goes.
My third observation is just how few people truly understand this. If there was one thing that we all should have learned from NHS Connecting for Health's National Programme for IT, where I was chief clinical information officer from 2006 to 2011 it is that you cannot use technology to force a change in behaviour.