Healthy London Partnership’s London Digital Programme has developed a new online platform that aims to make the process of creating, agreeing and updating information sharing agreements more efficient and less time consuming.
Information sharing agreements exist between many NHS organisations in London and are often paper agreements. Moving to the new platform, called the data controller console, will reduce paperwork and make it easier for organisations to sign up to agreements, make changes to existing agreements and identify best practice templates. The main users will be information governance managers in trusts, care providers and local authorities, as well as practice managers in GP practices. Voluntary organisations, arm’s length bodies and other private care providers with shared agreements will also be encouraged to use the platform.
The console has been piloted in selected NHS organisations in North East and North West London from February and is currently being rolled out in other London NHS organisations. An initial post-pilot evaluation has been completed and a set of follow up workshops to enhance the existing console and add additional functionalities will be held between now and Autumn 2017.
The digital team is keen to involve information governance managers, Caldicot Guardians, privacy officers and others who are involved in managing ISAs in the design efforts. Anyone wanting to join get involved can contact the implementation team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emma Cooper, Digital Information Governance Lead at NWL Collaboration of CCGs, said: “The console is easy to use and intuitive. I’m looking forward to getting other stakeholders involved and using this technology to streamline the process of managing information sharing agreements and engaging sharing partners with changes to agreements at the click of a button.”
More information about the console can be found in the digital section of the Healthy London Partnership website.