• Suppliers for new primary care IT framework announced
  • GPs set for much greater choice 
  • “New framework makes it easier to switch providers” – NHS Digital CEO

GPs are set to receive IT services from a much broader pool of suppliers after more than 50 new companies successfully bid to be on a major framework.

A total of 69 technology companies providing more than 300 solutions have been accepted onto the GP IT Futures framework, which will be the main vehicle used by clinical commissioning groups to buy IT services for GPs.

It is the biggest shake-up of how IT is sold to GPs in a decade, with senior leaders hoping it will end what they see as a market in which innovation is slow and access to patient data controlled by too few companies. 

Currently, only 16 suppliers occupy the current framework (GP Systems of Choice) – with EMIS and TPP dominating much of the primary care IT market. Both these companies have won places on the new framework. 

Last year it was estimated that around £450m worth of business would be done through the framework.

The GP IT Futures procurement has been run by NHS Digital.

NHSD’s chief executive Sarah Wilkinson told her board at its public meeting last week the organisation wanted a “really vibrant market of suppliers who provide good robust solutions so the GPs have good choices”.

She added: “The new framework is significantly more demanding – both in terms of the functionality required in the systems and other aspects of security and data standards. And it makes the mechanisms for switching between providers easier, which makes the market more effective.”

The successful suppliers’ systems will now be evaluated against the new standards set by GP IT Futures. If approved, these systems will then be available to GPs from January next year, when the framework replaces GP Systems of Choice.

Masood Nazir, senior responsible officer for GP IT Futures at NHSX, said: “With a higher standard for the industry through the new framework and interoperability, we can unlock the potential of GP IT solutions to support our busy GP practices deliver patient care.”

Who’s on the framework?

Full list of suppliers

Accenda Limited

AccuRx

Advanced Health and Care Limited

Aire Logic Ltd

AlldayDr Group Ltd

Answer Digital Ltd

Apollo Medical Software Solutions Ltd

Arissian Ltd

AxSys Technology Limited

BigHand Ltd

Black Pear Software

CARE IS LTD

Clarity Informatics Limited

Clinical Architecture

Codegate Ltd

Connected Tech Group Ltd

Dictate IT

Doc Abode Ltd.

Docobo Ltd

Doctorlink

DXS International plc

eConsult Health

Edenbridge Healthcare Limited

Elsevier BV

EMIS - Egton Medical Information Systems Limited

Engage Health Systems Ltd

Evergreen Health Solutions Ltd

G2 Speech UK Ltd

Gnosco AB

GP Access Ltd

IBS, Inc.

Informatica Systems Ltd

Integrated Care 24 Limited

In Your Element Ltd (Trading as Elemental Software)

iPlato Healthcare Ltd

Lantum

Locum’s Nest

LumiraDx Care Solutions Ltd

Medical Data Solutions and Services Limited

MedicalDirector Limited

Medical Management Systems

MediData Exchange Limited

MEDICAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY UK LTD

Medloop

Medxnote Limited

Metabolic Healthcare Limited

Microtest Limited

MyMed Ltd (trading as Q doctor)

myOrb Ltd

Niche Health

Numed Holdings Ltd (T/A Numed Healthcare)

OPTUM HEALTH SOLUTIONS (UK) LIMITED

PharmData ltd

Philips Electronics UK Limited

Prescribing Services Limited

Primary Care IT Ltd

Push Dr

QUALITY MEDICAL SOLUTIONS LIMITED

Redwood Technologies Ltd

SENSELY UK LIMITED

Servelec

Silicon Practice

Substrakt Health Ltd

Swiftqueue Technologies Limited

Targett Business Technology Limited

The Martin Bell Partnership

TPP - The Phoenix Partnership (Leeds) Ltd

Total Billing Solutions

Vision - In Practice Systems Limited

 

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