Develop In The Open! #DITO
Providing an Open Way of Working for Digital Health and Care
"Through our project, we seek to support the improvement of patient outcomes and reduction of staff administration activity by improving digital systems, and enabling their iterative development, whilst removing vendor lock-in."
"This will be achieved by implementing an open approach to the full digital application life-cycle including conceptualisation and design, use of open standards and interoperability, created as open source with processes to allow ongoing collaborative development and professional support."
DITO has two overall objectives:
Develop best practice processes for digital health tech
- To evidence the process, produce a digital application using the developed process
The Develop In The Open (DITO) project received funding in 2019 from Innovate UK (project number 27536).
Objective 1: Best-practice open digital health
A key objective of this project is to develop, prove and document processes and best practices which enable sustainable, joined-up and safe systems suitable to support a modern digital healthcare system. An open approach will be taken to all aspects of this projects and assets developed in the open.
These values are described as:
Sustainable: the ability to explore, understand, improve and further develop digital systems used by the public healthcare sector
Joined-up: the ability for independent systems to co-exist and inter-operate whenever necessary in a reliable and predictable manner
Safe: the ability to study internal workings, validate safety claims, remedy issues discovered
Using an Open approach : all aspects of the approach, from supplier engagement and definition of need through software development to safety assessment and implementation will be approached openly
- Developed in the open (DITO): assets including software and documentation will be created in line with the documented Apperta DITO standard
The process is designed for the NHS although will be broadly applicable to any public administration UK and global.
Objective 2: Digital application to evidence the process
To prove the processes developed, a digital clinical application will be developed alongside the overall objective. A nursing observation application (eObs) has been selected as the test case for this project as the technical and clinical partners are already familiar with the problem space and have worked together on existing prototype.
A fit-for-purpose eObs application provides an essential support system to reduce deterioration of patients and inform the rapid response processes.
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