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Matt Hancock: shake-up of GP IT to remove ‘outdated systems’

 

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Matt Hancock: shake-up of GP IT to remove ‘outdated systems’

Outdated and frustrating IT systems in GP practices will be replaced with modern technology under widespread changes announced by the health and social care secretary Matt Hancock.

According to a press release from the Department of Health and Social Care, the “GP IT futures framework” will create an open, competitive market to encourage the best technology companies to invest in the NHS. All systems will be required to meet minimum standards to ensure they can talk to each other.

The GP systems market is dominated by two providers, which slows down innovation and traps GP practices in long-term contracts with systems that are not suited to the digital age.

The framework will look at how patient data will be moved to modern cloud services to allow clinicians and patients to securely access crucial, life-saving information in real time.