The body responsible for delivering the UK’s National Program for IT across the healthcare sector, NHS Connecting for Health, has been revealed that the second live trial of GP-to-GP has successfully completed the electronic transfer of a patient’s healthcare record from one GP surgery to another.
NHS Connecting for Health said the patient’s healthcare record was electronically transferred via the NHS spine using GP clinical software supplier In Practice Systems’ Vision software.
This second pilot follows the successful first live trial of GP-to-GP transfer of electronic patient records in Tyneside last year between practices using EMIS GP clinical system software.
GP-to-GP transfer of patient records means the complete electronic patient record is transferred directly to the new surgery’s computer system, rather than being sent in paper format and then having to be re-input manually. As well as ensuring that records are more accurate, the electronic record transfer is expected to dramatically speed up the current process of paper-based transfers, which can take up to six weeks to complete.
A third live trial in another primary care trust is due to commence later this year, transferring patient records between both types of GP clinical system. National roll out of GP-to-GP transfers is expected to commence following the successful conclusion of live trials.