NHS Trusts will be able to access Personal Demographic Service (PDS) information faster and more easily with an advanced new service being launched today by Quicksilva Software Solutions, an independent UK-based supplier of systems and services to the healthcare industry. orQestra™ provides straightforward and secure integration between NHS Trusts’ legacy applications and the central NHS Connecting For Health’s Spine PDS.
As the PDS is the national electronic database holding NHS patient demographic details, retaining the integrity of data is paramount to ensure a clean source of patient information. With that in mind, only Trusts with applications that have achieved the required levels of compliance are entitled to connect to it. Over the past 12 months there has been well-publicised attempts by Trusts to connect to the PDS via a Local Service Provider (LSP) solution. These projects have experienced severe delays, operational problems and spiralling costs. The issues were highlighted in a recent report by the North West Strategic Health Authority, which described the LSP offerings as “not fit for purpose”.
To alleviate these connection issues, Quicksilva has created a new, simple and effective approach to PDS connectivity with orQestra™. This solution resolves the complexity of establishing a PDS connection by creating a local database to hold patient data securely within the Trust. The orQestra™ database then creates a pure single link to the NHS Spine, allowing for the upload and download of demographic information to and from the Spine PDS. In turn the orQestra™ database can be accessed, and information downloaded, by hundreds of existing legacy IT systems which meet the guidelines of the newly publicised NHS CFH (Connecting For Health) Interoperability Toolkit.
Gayna Hart, Managing Director of Quicksilva said, “Accurate, up-to-date, demographic information is the foundation of a modern, productive NHS as clinicians are reliant on the data available to them to provide the highest standard of initial and follow up patient care. orQestra™ has been developed to protect this authoritative data in an NHS Trust. By working with existing legacy systems, orQestra™ allows clinicians to work as normal with the guarantee that the demographic information available to them is as correct and clean as possible being centrally derived from the Spine’s PDS. The NHS CFH Interoperability Toolkit will go a long way to facilitating this aim.”
The Quicksilva’s orQestra™ solution contains all the information a Trust has concerning its patients, a subset of which is patient demographic information. To maintain authoritative data quality within this database, it performs an automated patient synchronisation, which updates relevant information on legacy applications, the orQestra™ database and the Spine’s PDS. orQestra™ ensures that demographic records are consistent across applications by permitting messaging between them. This creates improvements to integrated patient care involving multiple healthcare organisations.
“Front line staff are aware that incorrect demographic information directly affects productivity through identification errors,” Hart added. “It is essential that records held across all levels of the NHS are authoritative and current. Recent implementations to replace existing systems have attempted to solve this, but failed because of the complex scope of their ambitions. orQestra™ was developed to work with existing systems, minimising the impact from installation. Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all solution, orQestra™ actually encourages choice as it can work with any existing, planned or future IT system.”
“There is a tendency to overcomplicate IT programme deliverables and the orQestra™ solution aims to offer an alternative to ’rip and replace’ which is proving costly,” Hart concluded.