CareMotive’s Spine Message Handler (SMH) is now accredited for operation as an ITK-compliant Spine Mini Services Provider (SMSP) for access to both the Personal Demographics Service and the Child Protection – Information Sharing system.
Our SMSP is suited to the following types of application:
The key benefit to system vendors of interrogating PDS or CP-IS via the SMSP is that NHS Digital do not require the solution to be put through a compliance process. NHS Digital publish a self-certified approach called a Target Operating Model that addresses clinical safety, operational readiness and Information Governance issues.
SMH implements the ITK SMSP specifications in full; offering the five service calls of:
The PDS data items returned are:
The CP-IS data items returned are:
To ensure that our SMSP comes up trumps for even the most demanding of use cases, CareMotive has licensed Open Mapping Software’s Smart+Search technology.
When looking up NHS numbers from the 5 key demographic fields (family name, given name, date of birth, gender, and postcode), small errors in any field can reduce the success rate, to as low as 60-70%. The challenge is to find out which wild card search will work for each lookup – requiring time-consuming manual retries for each person.
Using the demographic fields and the results of failed searches (no match, or multiple matches) Smart+Search intelligently chooses the next SMSP search to make, until it succeeds or no match can be found for that person. This can raise the success rate of SMSP searches from 60-70% to well over 90%, with no manual retries.
It can also accept batches of any number of demographic records, returning them with added NHS numbers and spine demographic data in any format for re-entry into your database – rapidly and without long delays.
CareMotive’s SMSP is offered on the basis of deployment to the end-client site, i.e. co-located with the systems that interrogate it, or on a shared, hosted managed service basis.
All SMSP queries and responses are stored in a database. To achieve maximum performance for locally installed applications, an embedded database is used, but for hosted managed service deployments or where sophisticated access to the queries and responses is required for auditing data quality, a separate database server can be used.
To ease the task of interfacing to SMSP, CareMotive have written a client-side library which makes accessing SMSP calls extremely simple. This library is currently available as a Java library and a .Net DLL.
To ensure performance and rapid response times to SMSP queries, and in contrast to other existing SMSPs, there is just a single server in the chain, i.e. the box on which SMH is installed, and it is this box that talks to PDS.
CareMotive’s SMSP is offered on the basis of deployment to the end-client site, i.e. co-located with the systems that interrogate it, or on a shared, hosted managed service basis (available through the GCloud framework if required).
CareMotive’s SMH is written in Java and hence can be (and is) deployed onto a wide range of computing platforms.
If you are not ready yet for a fully integrated solution, you could consider using our SMSP Web App, a simple web application that offers your users interactive demographic lookups and submission of batch files.