In February 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Health and the National Health Service (NHS) England. This MOU lays out the framework for the ongoing working relationship between NHS England and HHS and builds on the MOU previously signed in January 2014. This partnership centers on sharing common values and learnings across health IT and health data initiatives. It seeks to leverage the strengths of both nations and recognize opportunities to improve the health IT economy, as well as the health and well-being of their respective populations.
There are five main aims and objectives agreed upon in the MOU:
- Sharing Quality Indicators
- Open Data
- Health Data Application Showcase
Products and Reports
Joint Report on International Success Factors for Adoption and Use of Digital Health in the US and NHS England
The report included a literature review and proposed the essential attributes of successful health IT adoption.
US/UK Health IT Standards Comparison
ONC published a set of standards alignments to provide clarity to the supplier market on the harmonization across the US-UK. Where some standards are not convergent, there may be a clear reason such as the UK-specific NHS number for patients, and for others, this indicates that there is work remaining in these areas to understand how to align them.
Collaborative Resources for Adoption and Use of Digital Health in the US and NHS England
Published in 2016, this resource provides a list of resources sourced by the US and NHS that may assist with successful adoption. The attributes that the resources are aligned under are as follows:
- Interoperability and integration
- Data quality
- Information security
- Knowledge to support local investment cases
- Workforce and organization capability
- Planning, design and implementation
- Optimization, maturity and achieving benefits