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Hospitals: Information and Communications Technology

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 25 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 21 May 2009, Official Report, column 1595W, on hospitals: ICT, if he will direct the NHS to develop a national IT protocol for an interface between the x-ray services provided by Centricity and Medway. (281680)

This is a matter for the local national health service bodies operating the systems concerned. However, the NHS national programme for IT utilises industry standard messaging protocols when developing interfaces between systems, and has procured picture archiving and communications (digital imaging) systems that conform to the Dicom international standard. Use of standards, as opposed to developing bespoke protocols, ensures local flexibility within the NHS.