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GP electronic records transfer rolled out

Software allowing GPs to electronically send patients' re-cords to a new surgery when they move is to be rolled out to 500 practices.

Connecting for Health said 250 practices running EMIS clinical software will receive an upgrade by the end of the year, with the remainder to receive an upgrade by next March. The rollout follows successful pilots of so-called GP2GP software among EMIS practices in Gateshead and InPractice Systems practices in the Isle of Wight.

GP2GP transfer should end the long delays GPs and patients endure waiting for re-cords to arrive at a new practice.

A third pilot site, Croydon, is about to start testing sharing of records between EMIS and InPractice Systems.

Sean Riddell, managing director of EMIS, said GP2GP re-cords transfer was at the top of GPs' wish lists in terms of what they want from the Government's NHS IT reforms.

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