The article below was published by on 18 September 2015.

The article below was published on the Local Digital website on 23 September 2015

Ripple has been established on the basis that in the early part of the 21st century, those delivering care are under pressure. That pressure to change and improve services, allied to the increased financial constraints we are living through, means we need to consider collaboration towards a common cause as never before.

We believe that most care providers have more common needs they share, than features they differ on, so to that end we are working towards tackling key common challenges with solutions that can be easily shared.

Ripple is particularly set up to offer a modular approach to the 21st century care delivery based around six key modules that facilitate the setup and delivery of an Integrated Digital Care Record (IDCR);

  <b>Three technical modules for </b><b>a care record platform</b>
  Open Viewer
  Open Integration
  Open Architecture
Three foundation modules
Open Requirements
Open Governance
Open Citizen

Our explainer video goes into a bit more detail on these.

As part of the Open Requirements module of the programme, we have wanted to outline those common requirements seen across all those who are pioneering the delivery of 21st century care. In addition we wanted to develop a related template business case to support organisations in their own local IDCR journey.

Here we are releasing this business case template for reuse and review (available within Google Docs (for ease of copying and commenting).

As with all our work, we welcome feedback and suggested improvements as part of the Ripple community approach to tackling common needs.

Please click here to explore this work further;


Special thanks to Dr Michael Bewell of NHS England’s Interoperability team and those organisations that contributed to this analysis.