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More than 2,000 organisations are now using the information sharing gateway

An innovative online system which allows organisations to agree contracts around data sharing has attracted over 2,000 public sector organisations, including the NHS, local authorities, police and schools across the country and in Europe.

The Information Sharing Gateway (ISG) led by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), was first developed in 2014 in partnership with 10 other public sector organisations in Cumbria and Lancashire.

The system has many benefits including:

  • Reducing the paper processes that organisations used previously
  • Greater security in line with General Protection Data Regulation (GPDR), privacy and data protection laws
  • The ability to manage risks around data sharing
  • Templates and common standards of working.

Nicola Briggs, ISG Programme Manager at UHMBT, said: “We aspire to deliver the benefits derived from using the system to as many people across the UK in a bid to support a joined up and more effective data sharing community.

“The ISG is a digitally collaborative way of working which organisations can contribute to the drawing up of agreements, risk assess and agree and sign them electronically.

“The ISG provides a simple answer to a big challenge for organisations trying to overcome information governance requirements when sharing information.”

Phillipa Nazari, Data Protection Officer and Head of Information Governance for Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said: “Greater Manchester (GM) is reforming public services and this reform needs to be insight led. Increased sharing of data and information to benefit citizens is integral to achieving this.

“The Information Sharing Gateway has been a key part of this important strategic agenda by not only enabling organisations in GM to work consistently and transparently in capturing the required information governance arrangements in relation to information sharing but also in the providing the opportunity for analysis of management information about where data flows across GM.”

Aaron Cummins, Chief Executive, UHMBT, said: “The ISG system now means that data is able to flow between organisations where there is a justified purpose.  This allows a much more seamless delivery of care and provides clinicians with complete and up-to-date information.”

You can find out more about the ISG at https://www.informationsharinggateway.org.uk/

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