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Find out how to connect to the opentest environment, services available, maintenance slots and scheduled changes.
How the Opentest environment should be used
The Opentest environment should be used by suppliers who are performing messaging proof of concepts of their solutions against the Spine Core national system.
The Opentest environment is accessed via a private VPN and does not need HSCN access. It is, therefore, ideal for smaller organisations who may lack HSCN access. However, it is not a fully functional Spine Path to Live environment as it only has Spine Core functionality.
What the Opentest environment should not be used for
The Opentest environment does not:
replace the integration environments as the formal integration test environment
provide right of access to any other environments during environment downtime or any other form of unavailability
form part of the formal Path to Live - supplier testing in this type of environment is not mandatory for receiving any type of NHS Digital approval for rollout
request an Opentest connection pack from firstname.lastname@example.org - this pack will contain a VPN token and credentials, predefined messaging endpoint, necessary certificates and 2 MESH mailboxes
Opentest is a closed environment accessible only via the VPN token supplied, with predefined endpoints and products. There are no CIS or e-RS instances in this environment. There is, therefore, no requirement for registration, MPV, DNS registrations or IA Client installation to be completed.
Opentest access is via the VPN token only. Full details are supplied when an account is requested.
Root And SubCA Certificates
These certificates are provided when an Opentest account is requested.
Message Exchange for Social Care and Health (MESH) keystore files to download
The following MESH keystore needs to be downloaded and installed as part of the MESH client installation.
Full details can be found in the MESH client installation pack. The environment specific information required is listed below. The password should have been provided when the MESH mailbox was first requested.
The Spine Core service provides a messaging service that allows certified endpoint message handling systems to query and update data held in the national demographic and prescriptions systems. There are no Spine core applications, for example, the Summary Care Record application (SCRa) or the Demographic Spine Application (DSA) available in the Opentest environment.
Spine Mini Service Provider
The Spine Mini Service Provider provides customers with an interface to submit a limited number of demographic messages in a simple format.
Spine Secure Proxy
The Spine Secure Proxy provides an access control layer required by certain programs where patient data may be made accessible to certified users and systems.
Message Exchange for Social Care and Health (MESH)