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NHS Wales Informatics Service appears to have dropped EMIS Health as a preferred supplier of GP software. 

In a brief statement, it said: “Following a robust procurement process, it is the intention to award a new contract for GP clinical systems and services to two suppliers – Vision and Microtest Ltd. More information will be available after the statutory 10-day standstill period ends on 8 February.”

The outcome could adversely affect GPs. Dr David Bailey, Chair of the BMA’s Welsh Council said: “GPC Wales has been fully engaged with NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) throughout the procurement process and consistently highlighted the problems that changing providers would cause practices currently using EMIS.

“However, GPC Wales ultimately agreed with the decision to end the contract with EMIS due to the large number of criteria that they were unwilling to meet. The changes EMIS wanted to implement would have put practices at unacceptable risk of disruption, and included no levers to protect practices operationally if the system were to collapse.

“There is a window until 6 February where the decision to end the contract with EMIS is subject to legal challenge, so we are unable to provide a comprehensive explanation or a full list of FAQs until after that date, but GPC Wales will continue to work closely with NWIS, Welsh Government and Health Boards to minimise disruption.

“GPC Wales has been firmly promised resources to support practices during the migration and more details on that will follow.”

RCGP Wales Chair Dr Rebecca Payne added: “This will be a concerning development for many of our members. GPs are already under significant pressure, many older GPs are considering retirement and there is a real risk that changing IT systems will lead to people leaving the profession.

“Change on this scale requires time and resource, potentially decreasing GPs’ clinical time and being detrimental to patient care. We hope as much support as possible is given to practices in order to minimise disruption.”

Links:
NHS Wales Informatics Service
BMA Cymru Wales statement   
RCGP Wales statement
EMIS Health     

 

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