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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

The Register - The NHS has ripped the Oracle backbone from a national patient database system and inserted NoSQL running on an open-source stack.

Spine2 has gone live following successful redevelopment including redeployment on new, x86 hardware. The project to replace Spine1 had been running for three years with Spine2 now undergoing a 45-day monitoring period.

 

Spine is the NHS’s main secure patient database and messaging platform, spanning a vast estate of blades and SANs.

It logs the non-clinical information on 80 million people in Britain – holding data on everything from prescriptions and payments to allergies.

Spine is also a messaging hub, serving electronic communications between 20,000 applications that include the Electronic Prescription Service and Summary Care Record. It processes more than 500 complex messages a second.

Spine1 had run on Oracle under an out-sourced contract managed by telecoms giant BT.