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Building healthcare software

Non-technical guides for building healthcare software for specific functions or care settings.

Work in progress

Work in progress

We'll be adding more guides over time. If there is a specific guide you would like to see, contact us or suggest it via our interactive product backlog.


These guides explain how to build healthcare software for:

  • a specific functional area, such as patient demographics
  • a specific care setting, such as general practice

We've tried to use plain English and, importantly, we do not assume you already know what our services and APIs are called.

The guides are non-technical, for a broad audience, including:

  • CIOs
  • managers
  • product owners
  • business analysts
  • architects
  • software engineers

For a higher level overview, see our introduction to healthcare technology.

Last edited: 11 April 2023 10:44 am