Any consuming supplier can apply to ‘pair’ their service with any provider supplier system, but there are a number of prerequisites set out by NHS Digital that they must meet in order to be deemed compatible.
The compatibility of your product’s application will be assessed against the provider suppliers’ API; you’ll need to include a breakdown of the product you want to develop, and you may be asked to submit evidence to prove you meet the Supplier Conformance Assessment List (SCAL) requirements.
Once your product has been deemed compatible, you’ll be asked to complete a Model Interface Licence with each of the provider suppliers, giving you access to a test environment using the unique provider supplier guidance.
6B partners with your organisation, helping you to develop your product in accordance with the guidance and documentation required for Emis, Vision or SystmOne. We then use machine learning techniques to spot trends and to make autonomous decisions from data insights to uncover more valuable ways of working for your business.
After the assessment phase has been completed, the remaining work is split into the following three stages:
Testing: this phase begins with unsupported testing using the Pairing and Integration Pack (PIP) to iron out any issues that arise, before the process moves onto the supported test environment.
Assurance: once SCAL is agreed with your provider, we can begin to undergo witness testing with your product, where NHS Digital will provide a Recommendation to Connect Notice (RTCN), detailing the plan to connect to IM1.
Live: your product has undergone the necessary testing and assurance checks and it’s now ready to start helping patients. 6B will inform you of the processes you need to follow in order to report faults and incidents, ensuring your product runs as it should.