Driving data standards
The NHS commissioned the PRSB as part of the NHS Demonstrators.
Person Centred Software is part of the advisory group which steers the creation of the standards for the Urgent Referral (transfer from care home to hospital) and the ''About Me'' record standard.
Person Centred Software represents care homes and care home software providers and contributed to the design and validation, ensuring that it's Digital Care System solution adheres to the national standard.
The PRSB has published five draft standards for health and social care integration, and social care software providers are already adopting the following three.
The first and most advanced is "About Me", which contains the information that people who receive care want to share about themselves. ''About Me'' will be incorporated into the Core Information Standard, defined as "A set of information that can potentially be shared between systems in different sites and settings, among professionals and people using services."
Endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of General Practitioners, and the Care Provider Alliance, ''About Me'' will also be incorporated into the digital care and support plan standard.
The second draft standard that PRSB has published is for "Urgent referral from care home to hospital" - based on the information shared in the Sutton Red Bag/eRedBag, which is actively in use and implemented by several social care providers.
Another draft standard is the "Care homes view (of shared health and care records)", incorporated into the Core Information Standard, expected to be released early this year.
The PRSB is looking at the standards for the layout of data, but another standard exists for the content of some days: the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine – Clinical Terms – SNOMED CT.
SNOMED CT currently contains more than 300,000 medical concepts, divided into hierarchies as diverse as body structure, clinical findings, geographic location and pharmaceutical/biological product. An individual number represents each concept, and several concepts can be used simultaneously to describe a complex condition.
Healthcare has adopted clinical terminology for many years, and for social care to be fully interoperable with healthcare, a level of common terminology will be necessary.