A new framework contract to supply IT software to General Practitioners (GPs) across NHSScotland was awarded on 1 February 2019 to EMIS Health (Egton Medical Information Systems Limited), Microtest Ltd and Vision (InPractice Systems Ltd).
The three successful suppliers will now develop their systems to meet the IT requirements of Scottish GPs and become accredited systems approved for use in Scotland. GPs will then be able to select the clinical IT system most appropriate for their needs from those which have been approved.
The new systems will be more intuitive and user friendly, they will offer extensive and improved functionality which has been specified in consultation with GPs. They will provide significant benefits including improved online services for patients, better monitoring and reporting, and remote and mobile access for primary care teams.
The contract award follows a robust and rigorous procurement process, managed by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) and overseen by the national GP IT Re-Provisioning Project Board.
Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive, NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) said:
“The new GP IT Managed Services Framework will offer significant benefits related to the reform of primary care and the services delivered to patients. It will provide modern, secure GP IT systems which will support the evolving models of care in Scotland.”
The successful tenders demonstrated a strong commitment and ability to meet core GP IT clinical / technical requirements and the wider Primary Care agenda, as well as further integration with NHS Scotland’s wider digital infrastructure and strategic requirements.
Cabinet Secretary Jeane Freeman welcomed the new contract. She said:
“This is a substantial investment by the Scottish Government which will support GPs and other members of primary care teams to improve patient care. I welcome the fact that the new systems will allow people greater access to online services.
“This is an emphatic commitment to mainstreaming the use of digital in our health and social care services, as set out in our Digital Health and Care Strategy. The new contract is the result of detailed discussion with health and social care professionals, and I look forward to seeing the planned improvements resulting from the new contract from 2020.”