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Data sharing between GP clinical system suppliers on general release

Data sharing between TPP and EMIS Health is now available on general release.

The agreement means healthcare professionals can view important patient information across different systems and care settings.

It includes data from both GP and community records, providing staff with information such as allergies, medication, problems and consultations, recorded by staff such as district nurses, physiotherapists and end-of-life specialists as well as GPs.

Following a successful pilot the service is now on general release and approved for wider roll-out.

TPP said the project is an important step forward in Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s drive to introduce open standards for data-sharing throughout the NHS, making GP records available to both GP and other services.

Martin Warden, Programme Director for Digital Transformation in General Practice at NHS Digital said “We welcome this interim initiative, which will support GPs and community staff to see a fuller picture of their patients’ care until the GP IT Futures Framework is launched at the end of this year. The new Framework standards will ensure that all primary care systems on the framework, regardless of supplier, are built using shared, open standards, meaning that they are all able to communicate across organisational boundaries.”

The project is a big step forward in providing healthcare professionals with access to information, such as assisting a new patient whose full record hasn’t yet transferred over to the GP practice or the GP could access information from a recent check-up by health visitors. Or it could be adjusting medication for a patient based on new information from their last district nurse visit or viewing and adjusting medication for an elderly patient in the local care home by accessing their most recent dosage information from the community diabetes service.