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IM1 Pairing integration

Pairing integration is the process that allows suppliers to integrate their system with any principal clinical system through an interface mechanism.

Interface mechanisms enable separate systems to:

  • read patient information
  • extract information in bulk
  • enter data into the other system. 

You can find more information about each of the  IM1 interfaces by downloading a copy of the interface mechanism fact sheet

There are two existing suppliers, who are providing the Foundation Solution set to meet the Foundation Capabilities, on the Digital Care Services Framework that offer interfaces for consuming systems to integrate with TPP SystmOne and EMIS Web.

We are currently working with Vision and Microtest  on getting their systems compliant with the new Digtial Care Service Framework. In the meantime their core clinical systems will continue to be provided through GPSoC Transition Assurance Notice.

There are also a number of new suppliers who will provide the foundation set capabilities, that are progressing through the onboarding process for the digital care services framework and are expected will be able to offer their solutions in the future.  

Each supplier of foundation capabilities must provide an 'interface mechanism' for use by 3rd party systems to support integration between the core providing systems and specialist applications, such as clinical decision,  support, patient facing services, document management or appointments.

Interface mechanisms enable separate systems to: 

  • read patient information
  • extract information in bulk
  • enter data into the other system. 

The interface mechanisms for the provider suppliers offer under the digital care services framework must comply with the authority requirements.

Any consuming supplier can apply to 'pair' their service with any provider supplier system.  


Before you start the pairing process you will need to complete a Supplier Conformance Assessment List (SCAL). As part of the application process. Your application will be assessed for compatibility against the provider suppliers' APIs and you will need to include some information about the product you are wanting to develop. We may also ask you to submit evidence to show you meet the SCAL requirements. 

You can request a copy of a SCAL, or learn more about the application process by the emailing the IM1 team.

When we have confirmed your product is compatible, we will ask you to sign up to the model interface licence. This will cover your use of the provider suppliers' APIs and we will be given access to a test environment so you can develop your solution using the provider supplier guidance/documentation.  Once we have issued your final model interface licence, we will with the provider supplier to roll your product out into a live environment. 

image of the im1 pairing integration process

 IM1 process flow


  • identify product
  • contact IM1 team
  • complete stage one SCAL with basic product information
  • provider supplier confirms if product is viable via API. 


  • complete stage one of model interface licence
  • access to provider supplier mock API
  • develop using Pairing and Integration Pack (PIP)

Assurance preparation

  • once development is near complete request access to Supported Test Environment (STE)
  • fully complete SCAL
  • submit SCAL for assurance review.


  • SCAL reviewed and agreed by NHS Digital and provider supplier
  • test evidence agreed or witness test undertaken
  • model interface licence updated to reflect completed and assurance and accepted by provider supplier
  • live product rolled out to live. 

IM1 live suppliers

We have listed all the suppliers who have already completed  IM1 assurance in the table below.  

Services available directly to patients have been broken down by system supplier and listed in the table below. 

Consumer supplier Product or system name Provider supplier working with 
AccuRx Ltd accuRx 1.0 EMIS
AccuRx Ltd accuRx 1.0 TPP
Apollo SQL Suite EMIS
Apollo SQL Suite TPP
Apollo SQL Suite Vision
Apollo SQL Suite Microtest
BlackPear ERA TPP
BlackPear eSP TPP
C7 Health Easy refer v1.0 patient EMIS
C7 Health Easy refer v1.0 practice EMIS
CarelS Apollo Valida DS TPP
CSharp Patally EMIS
CSharp Patally TPP
CSharp Patally Vision EMIS
C the Signs Ltd C the Signs EMIS
Co-op (Dimec Ltd) Co-op Health EMIS
Co-op (Dimec Ltd) Co-op Health Vision
Co-op (Dimec Ltd) Co-op Health TPP
Evergreen EGL App  EMIS
Evergreen EGL App  TPP 
Evergreen EGL App  Vision 
Healthera Ltd Healthera EMIS
Health Intelligence  HI Hub EMIS
Informatica (BMJ) Audit+ EMIS
Informatica (BMJ) Front Desk  EMIS
Informatica (BMJ) Front Desk  Vision 
Informatica (BMJ) iCAP Contract+ EMIS
iPlato MyGP EMIS
Jayex Enlighten TPP
Medloop Medloop Patient V1 EMIS
Medvivo Doctorlink v1 EMIS
Medvivo Doctorlink v1 TPP
Medvivo Doctorlink v1 Vision 
Metabolic Healthcare Echo  EMIS
Mondago UCC Client  TPP
My Way Digital My Diabetes My Way EMIS
My Way Digital My Diabetes My Way Vision 
MyRightCare v3 EMIS
MyRightCare v3 TPP
Patients Know Best (PKB) Personal Health Record EMIS
PCTI Docman 10 N/A
Pharmacy 2U P2U-IM1-V1.0 EMIS
Pharmacy 2U P2U-IM1-V1.0 Vision 
Prescribing Services   N/A
Qrypta  Swiftly EMIS
Redwood  Storm EMIS
Targett Business Technologies RIVIAM Citizen Portal TPP
TCR Nottingham  Censura EMIS
Total Billing Solutions Medibooks EMIS
Tower Hamlets Endeavour EMIS
Tower Hamlets Endeavour TPP
Tower Hamlets Endeavour Vision 
Vision  Patient Services  Vision
Wiggly Amps Engage TPP
Wiggly Amps (Boots UK) GP Link (Boots UK) EMIS
Wiggly Amps (Boots UK) GP Link (Boots UK) TPP
Wiggly Amps (Boots UK) GP Link (Boots UK) Vision 


Services available directly to patients have been broken down by system supplier.  

Other services

Services available directly to patients have been broken down by system supplier. They can be accessed on the following links.

Last edited: 14 February 2020 9:25 am