As Scotland’s Auditor General reported the major challenge standing in the way of the nation’s Integrated Health and Social Care agenda is the lack of integration between IT systems.
In combination with conclusions identified in the Technical Architecture report from Digital Health and Care Scotland, they identified a lack of data sharing agreements and mature API frameworks as the root cause of disjointed systems.
Regional Data Exchanges
So this RFP from Aberdeen City Council is particularly interesting.
Funded by their City Region Deal they have begun exploring the business case for implementing a ‘Regional Data Exchange’:
“A regional data exchange is a repository that collects, stores, standardises and publishes data. The exchange function facilitates transaction of data sets between stakeholders allowing scrutiny, analysis and the application of the data to generate insights, develop better predictive tools and create service and product opportunities. The data is analysed and presented in formats that can be utilised and published. The data is often from both the public and the commercial sector.
The data exchange provides the opportunity to combine different types and sources of data to enable better decision making and provide both private and public sector organisations with the ability to deliver their services in a more informed and efficient manner. To maintain privacy and data protection, the exchange establishes protocols and security around the use of open, anonymised, secure and commercial data.”
The exchange would be developed to support transactions of data between participating stakeholders with an aim to establish a market in regional data. Such a market would allow the exchange to track the value achieved from the use of the data and establish a data economy. Types of data may include:
- Open data: non-privacy-restricted and non-confidential data.
- Private data: restricted and/or licensed data including permission, privacy, publication and distribution; as well as data that is presently held privately merely because it has not yet been recognised to offer value.
- Commercial data: licensed data including permission, charging for access, use and distribution.
- Sensory data: open and/or restricted data collected by sensors, actuators and devices owned by public and private sector, and citizens.
- Crowd-sourced data: data provided, collected and distributed by citizens using digital technologies and social media.
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