Record transfers become reality22nd March 2007
GP practices can now share patient records across different clinical systems for the first time.
Health Minister Lord Hunt announced the first of the NHS Connecting for Health's GP2GP record transfer schemes is now underway within Croydon Primary Care Trust.
The first of the inter-operable transfers means different practices using different computer systems will no longer be a barrier to sharing patient records. It has been described as a watershed for the National IT Programme and the NHS.
The aim of the GP2GP scheme is to improve care and enhance safety, as well as increase efficiency by reducing the burden of paperwork. It means GPs have access to full patient records from the first consultation.
The practices in Croydon were equipped with version 1.1 of GP2GP, which allows two-way transfers between EMIS and INPS systems. This version contains far richer functionality than the version of GP2GP which has been rolled out to more than 500 practices to date. The surgeries will be upgraded as part of the national roll out.
GP2GP will continue to develop to bring other system suppliers on-board including iSoft.
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Title: Record transfers become reality
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 2317
Date Added: 22nd Mar 2007