GP Systems of Choice
GP Systems of Choice is a contractual framework to supply IT systems and services to GP practices and associated organisations in England. It makes sure GPs and practice staff have access to the best technology to support patient care.
How it works
GP practices and NHS organisations [111.52Kb] can choose systems that best suit their needs from a range of four principal system suppliers. These are TPP SystmOne, EMIS Web, InPS Vision and Microtest Evolution.
This means practices get a choice of approved systems and save time by not having to run their own procurement. They benefit from discounts through the central purchase and standardised terms and conditions.
The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) places the order on their behalf, and the government will pay for most of the essential parts (Lot 1), and the CCG or practice will need to pay for any additional features (Lots 2 and 3).
GPSoC is split into 3 different sections or Lots. Each Lot provides different types of service.
Connecting GP IT systems
GPSoC is working to enable different IT systems to share data and work together, through two models.
Pairing integration is when GP principal systems connect individually with 3rd-party suppliers, to add extra functionality to enhance their existing services.
GP Connect is being developed to allow GP principal systems to connect simultaneously to multiple care settings, through a single platform.
Requesting changes to GP IT
The Requirements and Validation Engagement Process (RAVE) is the way to request new functional requirements and changes to existing GP clinical systems and subsidiary modules used in primary care.
SNOMED CT implementation in primary care
SNOMED CT is a structured clinical vocabulary, for use in an electronic health record. It must be adopted by all GP systems used by general practice service providers. It must be used in place of the Read codes (Read v2 and CTV3) before 1 April 2018.
GPSoC is supporting suppliers and associated organisations in England with the implementation of SNOMED CT in primary care, by providing guidance and a range of resources.
New GP IT delivery model
The current GPSoC contract ends in December 2018. A new GP IT delivery model is being designed that includes commercial, technical and operating arrangements.
We are talking to a wide range of users, stakeholders and suppliers, to help develop this future model. Quarterly industry briefings are being run with techUK.
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