The government is to test secure data sharing systems at hospitals in the North East.
The pilot will run until the end of next month at the County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, with the technology controlling who has access to specific systems.
The system will help the hospitals involved to control the sharing of data across departments and with partners, including suppliers.
The trust will use Security Enhanced Linux and IBM’s main web services platform WebSphere to help prevent security breaches, as well as technology from Tresys and e-procurement firm Belmin Group.
The online system will be built around WebSphere, which also supports the development of service-oriented architectures (SOAs), designed to allow organisations to develop applications quickly in response to the changing needs of the organisation.