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New technology that will enable patient records to be transferred electronically between practices has been given the thumbs up by the GPC.
GPC members, who saw a demonstration at this month's meeting, praised the ease of use of the GP-to-GP records transfer software.
Under the trial, a dummy record was transferred from an EMIS system to an InPractice Software system and back again.
Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC deputy chair, said: 'I'm not normally impressed by anything but this was very impressive and the effort involved is almost nil.'
Around 14 million sets of notes a year are transferred between surgeries. GPs normally have to wait weeks for the records to be sent by post.
GPC negotiator Dr Rich-ard Vautrey said the demonstration was a 'positive' sign that transferring notes electronically can be done safely.
'The integrity of data remained of high quality,' he said. 'We were able to demonstrate the record was intact and looked exactly the same as when it had been sent.'