When I was Divisional Clinical Director of a large, acute Trust in the NHS, I was constantly asked by service commissioners how I was going to ‘integrate’ aspects of care delivery. Once again, integration is top of the NHS’s priorities according to Sir David Nicholson’s (NHS Chief Executive) latest missive. It is virtually impossible to imagine integration in any other way except through using information and communication technology. CSC is well-placed to exploit its ingenuity to integrate diverse systems. The portal concept, currently being used and developed, offers an exciting solution to this thorny issue in health and social care. Such a system would help solve the perennial headache of NHS Directors across the country!