Three NHS trusts have agreed to set up a community interest company with IMS Maxims to guide the development of its open source electronic patient record system.
Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have agreed in principle to formally establish the CIC before the end of the year, it was announced at NHS England’s Open Source Open Day in Newcastle.
In March, NHS England said it was looking to set up a number of CICs to act as custodians for open source products introduced to the NHS and undertake activities such as testing and code control.
The CICs are also meant to help less technically able trusts take open source solutions by providing the same assurances as with a proprietary vendor.
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