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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:

  1. Develop best practice processes for digital health tech

  2. 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).

DITO objectives

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:

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.

Funded by:

Innovate UK

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