Open Requirements: A common cause and a common case - Ripple OSI

The Ripple programme has been established on the basis that in the early part of the 21st century, those delivering care are under pressure. That pressure to change and improve services, allied to the increased financial constraints we are living through, means we need to consider collaboration towards a common cause as never before.

We believe that most care providers have more common needs they share, than features they differ on, so to that end we are working towards tackling key common challenges with solutions that can be easily shared.

The Ripple programme is particularly set up to offer a modular approach to the 21st century care delivery based around six key modules that facilitate the setup and delivery of an Integrated Digital Care Record (IDCR);

Three foundation modules Three technical modules for a care record platform Open Requirements Open Viewer Open Governance Open Integration Open Citizen Open Architecture

Our explainer video goes into a bit more detail on these.

As part of the Open Requirements module of the programme, we have wanted to outline those common requirements seen across all those who are pioneering the delivery of 21st century care. In addition we wanted to develop a related template business case to support organisations in their own local IDCR journey.

Please accept our apologies in the delay in getting a draft out to the wider audience (originally due end July), but we have today released the the template business case for review and comment within Google Docs (for ease of commenting).

As with all our work, we welcome feedback and suggested improvements as part of the Ripple community approach to tackling common needs.


Special thanks to Dr Michael Bewell of NHS England’s Interoperability team and those organisations that contributed to this analysis.

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