When the National Health Service published its ‘Long Term Plan’ at the start of 2019, giving priorities for NHS England over the next decade, it included plans for the rapid digitisation of many aspects of the Health Service.
Our founders have been working in healthcare, technology and cybersecurity for decades, and decided to address this need.
Wanting to push the agenda forward quickly, senior medical leaders from the University of Oxford met with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK and one of Europe’s biggest hospitals), representatives of Microsoft’s Health and Life Sciences team, and the subsequent Founders of Oxford Digital Health. Accelerating the development of a scalable digital-native platform, with patients at its heart, was the core of the discussion.
Having established our mission, we sought to use existing best-in-class technology rather than reinvent the wheel. This allows for both rapid development and scalability.
The OX.DH suite is built on Microsoft’s Azure stack, that uses NHSx APIs to access UK national systems and profiles for local integrations. Core to the virtual consultation element of our services is Microsoft Teams.
Patients, doctors and administrators find it easy to adopt our services because they are familiar with many of the Microsoft tools we use. IT departments are re-assured by Microsoft’s security credentials and our approved status.
We use HL7 FHIR® ReST and Messaging APIs to interoperate with a growing number of specialist healthcare technology partners, including CIMAR, as we build out our healthcare platform services.