Two birds with one stone – Welsh ecosystem double event on APIs and Digital Transformation

14th November 2019

The Digital Health Ecosystem Wales (DHEW) team have been busy recently with not one, but two events on 11th November.

DHEW’s API team delivered a technical deep dive workshop into their next API, Welsh Care Record. The workshop had 40 attendees – developers and informatics specialists from industry and NHS. We went through the API, showing the architecture and infrastructure behind the brand new API portal. The audience were also able to hear about the latest standards used by the API team that reduces the burden of documentation as well as allowing interoperability and adaptability. Dafydd Loughran from Concentric Health demonstrated how the Welsh Care Record API was improving the functionality of their consent platform. The event finished with a team from BJSS talking the audience through their recent API development with the GP IT Futures Framework and NHS App, talking us through some key lessons learned in developing APIs in an agile way working with the public sector. More information about our API portal and future developments will be available here: https://digitalhealth.wales/developer-portal

With a quick turn around the team turned their focus to the next event of the day which looked at the Welsh Government’s Digital Transformation Programme. The afternoon was led by Ifan Evans, Welsh Government’s Director of Technology, Digital & Transformation for Health and Care and was attended by almost 100 people. Ifan walked the audience through the recently announced Programme, including the focus on open architecture and platforms, development of the NHS Wales Informatics Service into a Special Health Authority and intention for development of commonly agreed standards.

This interactive session gave the attendees a chance to feedback on the proposed plans for the future and there was a robust question and answer session, asking questions about the timescales for change, how to ensure patients are at the heart of the new way of working and voting on the priorities for the plan.  

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