HealthMotive’s SMH allows secure, easy access to the Spine

Spine Messaging Handler (SMH) is an innovative messaging product developed by HealthMotive for healthcare solution providers looking for easy, swift and secure access to patient demographic information and NHS numbers from the Spine.

SMH is a flexible off-the-shelf solution that enables any system to communicate with the NHS’ Personal Demographics Service (PDS). SMH was recently accredited as an ITK-compliant Spine Mini Services Provider (SMSP) by the Health and Social Care Information Centre; allowing organisations which use it to bypass the need for accreditation of their own systems.

SMH’s cross-platform architecture allows for easy deployment, low maintenance, and long term use. The product offers: batch or real-time access to Spine data; use with either an embedded or external database; cloud-hosted or locally deployed options; low resource requirements; and per-transaction or per-installation licencing models. In addition, SMH is the first SMSP accredited for multi-tenanted use, meaning that multiple organisations can use a single instance.

HealthMotive Director, Mr Paul Richardson, stated that “SMH is the first specialised standalone NHS Spine messaging system that’s orientated towards healthcare solution providers. The solution can be easily deployed into any system, and is very low maintenance.”

HealthMotive not only offers easy deployment but also great tech support. SMH is developer friendly and has drop-in client libraries that support Java, PHP and .Net. An online instance of SMH is already available for developers to test configurations and HealthMotive plans to launch an online developer portal in the near future. HealthMotive also actively provides ongoing training and support to solution providers.

Mr Richardson noted that “the combination of our client libraries and being able to access a test instance of SMH online make it extremely easy to integrate any system with PDS – all that’s required are two lines of code.”

In 2011, building on an already successful relationship with Silverlink, HealthMotive licensed the rights to certain elements of SMH’s IP from Silverlink Software Ltd and has added two significant capabilities to produce a universal, off-the-shelf solution: an SMSP interface and support for the electronic transfer of prescriptions messaging (ETP). Mr Richardson explained; “the best way to put it is that while the solution has a heritage with Silverlink, HealthMotive has really taken the technology forward as an independent value-added-reseller.”

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About HealthMotive

HealthMotive is a healthcare solutions company that focuses on providing the tools for other healthcare systems companies, e.g. PAS vendors, to connect to the NHS Spine. Their Spine Message Handler product is a mature, cross-platform component that is used for Choose and Book, PDS, electronic prescriptions and pathology messaging. HealthMotive consists of highly experienced healthcare informatics professionals that are trained to cater for all business or clinical needs.

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SMH is based on IP licensed from Silverlink Software Ltd.

Silverlink and CommonTime partner to mobilise healthcare

London, UK March 21, 2014 – Silverlink Software, a leading solution provider to the NHS, has formed a strategic partnership with CommonTime to create mobile applications for use with their PCS (PAS) and Mental Health solutions.

Significant changes within the NHS mean that clinicians require access to patient information in an ever increasing number of locations.  Organisational changes mean that information needs to be shared across previously distinct organisational boundaries.  Both of these changes mean that clinicians and administrators need to be able to view all relevant information from multiple locations.

Silverlink’s new mobile solution will address these requirements by providing tools to capture, manage and submit information from any location using a standard smartphone or tablet.  There are currently over 5,000 users of Silverlink’s systems working in the field and the new mobile functionality will drive significant improvements in both patient care and operational efficiency.

The solution is currently being developed in conjunction with three existing customers.  The new application will allow field workers to access patient details & alerts, wellbeing plans, notes, staff caseloads and a range of other information at the point of need.  The solution will work intelligently off-line and information will be synced directly with Silverlink’s core solutions through CommonTime’s mDesign technology.

The solution complies with all NHS requirements for information governance; meaning that patient data is encrypted and stored safely at all times.

Silverlink chose CommonTime’s platform for their mobility requirements based on the ease with which new functionality can be built with mDesign. The process-driven, ‘drag and drop’ development architecture of the platform along with CommonTime’s proven experience with enterprise-scale integration in other industries made them an ideal partner. In addition to providing the training needed for Silverlink to use the mDesign tools, CommonTime are also working alongside them to further advance and develop the system’s scalability for large healthcare organisations.

On announcing the strategic partnership, Silverlink’s Managing Director, Tim Quainton, noted: “The changes in the NHS and the emergence of highly sophisticated mobile technologies make it the right time for a significant investment in our products to support mobile working.  Our approach will allow both our acute and mental health users to access the information they need where ever they are working through a single mobile interface.  This will both improve the patient experience and increase the operational effectiveness of mobile staff.”

Healthcare Consultant at CommonTime, Steve Carvell, expressed his excitement about the new partnership’s potential by stating: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with an established healthcare vendor such as Silverlink Software. It’s great to see how the knowledge and experience that we’ve gained from other large organisations can be applied to the healthcare sector through the work that Silverlink are doing. Silverlink is one of a growing number of software partners who are now taking the mDesign platform themselves and using it to create apps for mobilising their own product set. We fully support Silverlink’s desire to focus on developing the usability and functionality of their core healthcare solutions and mobilising them in partnership with ourselves.”

About Silverlink

Silverlink has over 20 years of development experience dealing with the NHS, which gives them a deep understanding of its processes and requirements allowing them to promptly offer practical solutions to new initiatives. There is also continuous investment in their product development to meet the needs of the UK market and the NHS while improving existing functionality. For more information visit:

About CommonTime

CommonTime offer an innovative mobile app development platform, called mDesign, which enables organisations to make, mobilise and manage a huge range of mobile applications for any clinical or operational process. For more information visit:

Ealing Hospital goes live with Silverlink PAS

Ealing Hospital and North West London Hospitals NHS Trusts have joined their Silverlink patient administration systems ahead of their planned merger, due to take place in July and following the development of an IT strategy to standardize and integrate their IT systems. Read the full press release here.

Northumbria live with Silverlink PAS

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with its Silverlink patient administration system. The system was deployed at the beginning of 2014 and replaces the trust’s legacy McKesson Totalcare PAS, which has been in use for 17 years. Read the full press release here.

Dorset County Hospitals have now gone live with PDS birth notifications system.

Dorset County Hospitals have gone live with PDS birth notifications replacing the existing NN4B link. PCS is one of only two PAS/Maternity systems to implement these messages. Following the HSCIC deployment verification phase the remaining maternity sites will be updated in 2014.