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The UK’s Bolton NHS Trust, with its headquarters at the Royal Bolton Hospital, has extended OpenEyes, a web-based patient records system for ophthalmology. The health services provider has funded the addition of a HL7 standards-compliant messaging layer, which is now available to all other users of OpenEyes.

Government Computing, a news site, reports that OpenEyes was selected also because it reduced IT vendor lock-in, “potentially preventing the technology being bought by another organisation and developed in a direction that may not be suitable for NHS use.”

In 2015, the Bolton NHS Trust was awarded GBP 530,000 (about EUR 600,000). At the time, the organisation said in a statement: “The money will be a huge boost to modernising the ophthalmology service and delivering real benefits to patients and staff. It will enable us to gather much more accurate clinical data and use this to improve our service to patients.”

OpenEyes is being developed as open source at the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Development began in 2010.

The OpenEyes foundation announced that its software was successfully deployed at the Bolton NHS Trust.

More information:

Bolton NHS trust announcement
OpenEyes
OSOR news item
The Guardian (advertorial)