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EMIS to launch its own shared record system

Private software developers have joined forces to develop an IT system that will allow practices to share records with out-of-hours providers and other organisations within the next two years.

EMIS, the country's largest GP system supplier, last week unveiled its next generation system EMIS Web, which will allow clinicians outside practices to access GP records.

Following successful pilots, the full version of the software will be released in November, before becoming available to all EMIS practices over the next two years.

Under the EMIS Web system, patient data is only shared with explicit patient consent, and with other organisations according to local patient data sharing agreements.

The software will also be compatible with a range of other systems, allowing clinicians using non-EMIS systems to access data for the first time.

An EMIS spokesperson said early take-up from practices had been encouraging, with all 57 practices in Wandsworth, one of the pilot areas, agreeing to take part.

EMIS managing director Sean Riddell, who has previously criticised the Summary Care Record for running ‘hopelessly late', said: ‘With the NHS facing a £15 billion budget deficit, EMIS Web is precisely the kind of innovative, bold thinking that is needed if we are to improve patient care within tighter resources.'

Dr Kambiz Boomla, chair of City and East London LMC and one of the first GPs to pilot the new system in Tower Hamlets, added: ‘The reality of the shared patient record is now in sight. To be able to share patient information across different teams is an exceptionally powerful tool.'

The new EMIS system allows practices to share records locally The new EMIS system allows practices to share records locally

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