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2nd February 2021
The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre and Storm ID have signed a 2-year agreement for the Lenus Health Platform, to revolutionise digital innovation in health and care across Scotland.
The unique health platform supports secure health data exchange between patients and clinical care teams, providing core service components including identity, consent, security, data capture, curation and storage. It supports services that can reduce the need for face to face outpatient appointments and supports the remote management of conditions – vital in the response to Covid19 and in reducing waiting times and hospital re-admission rates.
The Lenus platform enforces standards around data interoperability and security using FHIR and SNOMED coding standards and integrates with secondary and primary care systems. Patients using services provisioned on Lenus control their own data and actively consent to share data with their care team.
The platform is designed to be open and has been architected using a suite of APIs to allow for third-party innovation. The DHI will use the platform to foster innovation in health and care via the use of a sandbox environment and a supporting developer portal that provides access to platform APIs.
Innovative new services that are successfully evaluated can move from the sandbox environment to live environments hosted in the NHS, providing a pathway for proven sensors, digital services and other digital health innovations to be evaluated and procured by the NHS.
The platform currently underpins a suite of live digital services that provide routine care delivery across the NHS. These include support for asynchronous outpatient appointments, remote management of COPD and heart failure and a patient-facing digital service that supports Scotland’s Test and Protect strategy.
Chal Chute, Chief Technology Officer at the DHI said:
"The DHI plays a pivotal role in supporting the co-design of person-centred digital health and care solutions. The Lenus Health Platform will be made available as a Health Data Exchange as part of a suite of person-centred data sharing tools to support digital health and care innovation. Innovators will be encouraged to come and experiment with these tools, connecting their applications and devices in sandbox environments provided as part of the DHI Exchange initiative. In this way we can ensure that the next generation of digital health and care services are integrated in a person-centred manner from the outset".
Paul McGinness, Director at Storm ID said:
"As developers of digital health services ourselves, we know many of the challenges in jumping from innovative idea to live, operational service. Lenus, with its open, API, standards-driven data exchange capability, means innovators can focus on service design without worrying about interoperability, security and compliance. Lenus is a key enabler for digital health innovators looking to accelerate their ideas and we’re thrilled to continue our collaboration with the DHI."
About Storm ID and Lenus Health
Storm ID is a digital transformation delivery partner for the healthcare sector.
It developed the Lenus Health Platform to support the delivery of new digital health services that are continuous, preventative and participatory, helping to transform care pathways for a range of long-term conditions.
Lenus enables patient-generated health data from digital technologies and consumer health tech such as apps, sensors and wearables to be shared with healthcare professionals and machine learning models to provide decision support, enabling targeted interventions to happen in the community. It’s also designed to support services that will help reduce unnecessary and expensive hospital admissions including face-to-face appointments, improve patient engagement with their own health and wellbeing and reduce duplication and unnecessary processes through user-managed access to patient data.