Sopra Steria helps Northern Ireland Department of Health’s Business Services Organisation deliver Health and Care Number programme

Achieving data sharing and application integration whilst demonstrating real partnership and collaboration

  Northern Ireland Department of Health’s Business Services Organisation (BSO), in partnership with Sopra Steria, undertook an ambitious project to enable the sharing of patient demographic data across all Northern Ireland Health Trusts and the embedding of a new unique patient identifier for all patients across regional and line of business applications. This number is referred to as the Health and Care Number (HCN).

Many healthcare applications were developed at a time when information sharing and synchronisation was of little concern to the providers and users. 

Population demographics continuously evolve. New trends emerge whether that be a propensity for parents to give their children more modern names, the movement of citizens throughout the EU or the rise in the number of properties converted from single to multi-tenant dwellings. Such trends present new challenges in the refining of processes and software which identify and match patient records.

Read our client story about how our solution enabled, for example, the integration of all Patient Admission System sites, created a consistent and accurate identifier for patients across all health care systems, created a single authoritative central source of standardised patient demographics and enabled the deployment of an Electronic Care Record (ECR) for the population of Northern Ireland.

Discover more about Sopra Steria's experience of delivering digital public services in Northern Ireland.