UK's Leeds City Council and Ripple Award Part of Open Source Health IT Project to Lockheed Martin

Press Release | Leeds City Council, Ripple | June 13, 2016

Leeds City Council and Ripple have chosen Lockheed Martin to help deliver aspects of the open source IT development to build an integrated digital care record platform. Ripple has a vision to create an open source health and care platform that allows frontline staff access to the most up to date and joined up care information about an individual – driving better and safer care.

Ripple is a clinically led team that is hosted by Leeds City Council and used the Council’s ICT Framework to facilitate the tender worth £80,000. The winners, Lockheed Martin, will join the expanding supplier list that is supporting the development capacity to the open source movement that is spreading both nationally and internationally.

Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions (IS&GS) business in the UK has extensive experience in open source and the use of openEHR (Electronic Health Record) as the underpinning architecture that Ripple is implementing and promoting. Lockheed Martin will help support the work that is well underway in the city for the benefit of frontline health and care staff across the world.

Dylan RobertsDylan Roberts, chief digital officer, Leeds City Council, “Working with global leading organisations like Lockheed Martin is an interesting time for Leeds and for Ripple specifically, demonstrating the ever growing interest in providing software as a service around an open platform based approach. Ripple is a clinically led open source platform to support 21st century health and care. An integrated digital care platform not only benefits people in our area but because the development is open source it can be used by anyone both nationally and internationally.

To achieve its mission it requires a mix of SMEs and larger organisations to support the growing appetite to implement solutions that are fit for purpose and are sustainable. If you are interested in the work we do encourage you to get in contact and become part of the Ripple community.”

Ripple is helping to create an integrated digital care record platform that is built for the future because it’s open source and abides by open standards as well as the underpinning architecture. The flexible nature of the approach and technology allows it to be adopted and then adapted to meet the specific needs of that particular health and care system.