Around 4,000 GP practices will be able to offer free consultations to patients in a bid to help tackle the (Covid-19) pandemic.
EMIS Health announced today that Video Consult will be made available to practices at ‘no cost’ from today for the next 12 weeks.
Practices who have already bought the service will be offered an extra three months as part of their contract, EMIS Health said.
The IT supplier said the move aims to reduce the number of visits to surgeries and prevent the risk of practice closure.
Dr Shaun O’Hanlon, former GP and chief medical officer at EMIS Group, said: ‘This a major initiative that will provide practical support for thousands of GPs – caring for around 35 million patients – during this escalating situation.
‘While some practices are already using video consultations, most are not. By rolling out the software across our whole EMIS Web user base, we are making the technology available to any practice that wishes to use it. There are very clear benefits for GPs, practice staff and patients.’