New GP IT Futures framework contracts to ensure secure, real-time access to primary care data

NHS Digital has awarded 69 suppliers, including eight DigitalHealth.London Accelerator companies and alumni, contracts to supply IT systems via the GP IT Futures framework, subject to assurance checks. GP IT Futures has been set up to ensure that patients and the NHS can safely and securely access and share primary care data in real-time. This is the first framework to be awarded as part of the NHS Buying Catalogue, which will act as a digital marketplace allowing buyers to search for and compare supplier solutions that meet their needs.

The supplier systems are being evaluated and assured against the new standards set by GP IT Futures, with successful existing solutions set to become available from 1 January 2020 and new to market solutions coming online throughout next year. 

Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive at NHS Digital, said: “GPs and their patients deserve the most effective and efficient modern technology with which to run their practices and access their data respectively, and the health and care system at large needs easier access to the critical data held within the primary care system to enable better secondary care and a richer flow of data into medical research.

“We are delighted that the supplier community has responded so positively to our proposal for the next generation of these systems, and are going to provide such a rich set of technical solutions for primary care. We look forward to working closely with all of them over the coming years, and I thank them all for the work they have done to ensure their solutions meet our new standards and for their work in delivering them into the primary care system.”

Dr Masood Nazir, SRO for GP IT Futures and Associate CCIO, Primary Care Digital Transformation, NHSX, said: “We are pleased that so many companies share our vision to provide GPs with the best possible tools and services. Particularly as we seek to deliver digital first primary care and improve patient access to care and advice.

“With a higher standard for the industry through the new framework and interoperability, we can unlock the potential of GP IT solutions to support our busy GP Practices deliver patient care. This marks the next phase of the programme, as we work with CCGs on plans for implementation and transition to the new framework.”

The current GPSoC contracts will expire on 31 December 2019 and NHS Digital’s aim is that transition to the new framework will be completed by then.

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  • GP IT Futures is an enabler for taking primary care towards the requirements set out in the NHS Long Term Planfive year framework for GP contract reformand the Digital, Data and Technology Vision. Whilst delivering safe, resilient and functionally rich clinical GP systems, it will ensure that patients and the NHS can safely and securely access and share primary care data in real-time. This data connects patient care across care settings. It provides the insight to allow the NHS to be more efficient. It enables progress in medical research. The GP IT Futures framework, the first framework from the new Digital Care Services model, will replace the contractual framework GP System of Choice (GPSoC), to supply IT systems and services to GP practices and associated organisations in England.
  • The NHS Buying Catalogue is a procurement platform where clinical commissioners and other NHS buyers can find, evaluate and purchase Catalogue-assured IT Solutions. To be on the Catalogue, all solutions must successfully demonstrate compliance with relevant NHS standards.
  • For more information on the successful suppliers click here.
  • The eight DigitalHealth.London Accelerator companies and alumni that have been awarded GP IT Futures framework contracts are:
    • accuRx – Chain SMS, allowing practices to text patients
    • eConsult – Online consultation platform 
    • iPlato – Simplifies access to healthcare: online consultations, messaging
    • Lantum – A total workforce platform reducing spend and empowering healthcare staff
    • Locum’s Nest – App that connects clinicians to bank work in healthcare organisations
    • Echo – NHS prescriptions, delivered 
    • Push Doctor – Online consultations, providing video appointments with NHS-trained GPs on patients’ terms
    • Sensely – Access to local NHS services