NHS service standard - 17. Make your service interoperable

In an organisation as diverse and complex as the NHS, we need systems and services which talk to each other. Build for interoperability to share patient records and get data quickly from one place to another.

Why it's important

Connected systems make it easier for the public and health professionals to access and share the information they need. Interoperability helps make sure that data is communicated accurately and quickly and that patients get seamless care.

What you should do

Your team should be able to show that:


GOV.UK resources

In the GOV.UK service standard, open standards are part of point 13. Use and contribute to open standards, common components and patterns.

Here are some useful GOV.UK resources.

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Updated: April 2023