Hospify News January 2016

Hospify awarded Innovation Voucher
New App!
The demise of Safe Harbour

Hospify awarded Innovation Voucher

Happy new year to you all from Hospify. We haven't been in touch for a while (I did promise our newsletters wouldn't clog up your inbox), but that's not because we've been idle. In June we *completed our live trial with Queen Victoria Hospital East Grinstead*, which demonstrated a lot of enthusiasm for the Hospify concept and a great take-up of our prototype, but also confirmed what we already suspected - that there was a secure messaging-shaped hole at the heart of our service that we needed to fill.

And then, in August, we were lucky enough to to be awarded an Innovate UK Innovation voucher*. This has allowed us to contract the services of public sector app specialists Multizone who have been helping us re-architect the Hospify platform.

New App!

Thanks to Multizone's expertise we have been able to undertake *a complete rebuild of Hospify* (including our website, which as you may have noticed is currently offline). This work is now in progress and we are hoping that we will have a new app and website ready for live trials by the end of Q1.

The all-new *Hospify will have health-compliant secure messaging at its core*, a service that we believe is needed by the UK health sector more than ever.

The demise of Safe Harbour

That belief is not just bolstered by the existence of the much publicised NHS funding black hole (now so large you can "see it from space"), and by the resources crisis exposed by the reaction of junior doctors to the Government's 7-day service proposals, but by the European Court of Justice's recent ruling that the *"Safe Harbour" data agreement between Europe and the US is no longer valid*.

Safe Harbour has been used for some years now to paper over data protection cracks in many online services that relied on US-based server farms to simplify their customer agreements and handle their huge amounts of global data traffic. Now that the ECJ has decided that Safe Harbour does not provide adequate protection for data originating in Europe, *it is clearer than ever that popular commercial services like WhatsApp and iMessage are not remotely appropriate for use in health* however secure their systems may otherwise be, even though many clinicians are resorting to using them out of pure frustration with existing comms and the lack of any specialised alternative.

The messaging platform we are building for *Hospify will be completely based in the EEA and so will be compliant with the ECJ's new ruling*, as well as with the data protection act and the guidelines for health data outlined by the Information Commissioner's Office.

It should be ready by the Spring - and we'll be sure let you know as soon as it is. In the meantime, let us wish you all the best for 2016.