We introduced the Tech Innovation Framework (TIF) in June 2022, but in reality, it’s been years in the making. The story begins back in 2018, when the GP IT Futures programme replaced GP Systems of Choice to supply IT systems and services to GP practices and associated organisations in England.
Digital data and technology have a hugely important role to play in supporting GPs and practice staff to provide care for patients. The systems provided through the GP IT Futures programme are used by more than 143,000 staff handling over 325 million patient consultations annually across England. This covers a total of 6,486 GP practices which serve over 61.8 million patients in total.
This scale means it is essential that primary care settings can access a choice of intuitive, efficient and innovative digital services and technology that meet their needs and allow them to focus on patient care. Through various frameworks and initiatives, GP IT Futures is not only providing this choice, but also connecting primary and secondary care organisations and enabling patients and clinicians to access and share data in real time.
The TIF represents the next step in our journey to delivering cloud-based, innovative technology systems. It is the third framework to launch under the Digital Care Services Catalogue, following GP IT Futures and the Digital First Online Consultation and Video Consultation framework. The buying catalogue allows health and care organisations to find, compare and order assured tools and systems from multiple frameworks and enables primary care providers to use approved suppliers that have been assured against a common set of standards.
Complementing the existing frameworks, the TIF covers core clinical GP systems and associated services, which means that suppliers wanting to join must deliver against six core functions of an electronic health record: patient information maintenance, appointments management, recording consultations, prescribing, referral management and resource management. Suppliers must also meet all the standards of the Digital Care Services Catalogue.