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GP2GP use reaches twin landmark

6th November 2007

NHS Connecting for Health has announced that its GP2GP initiative has reached two milestones, with 2,000 practices now using the system and over 25,000 records transferred using GP2GP.

GP2GP facilitates the direct and secure transfer of electronic patient health records between practices, giving GPs all the information required about a patient’s health status and history prior to their first consultation.

The system aims to achieve more efficient consultations, with GPs aware of patient history without having to seek out previous practices attended by the patient for information.

The group has attributed this progress to partnership working between primary care trusts, strategic health authorities, clinical system suppliers, GP professional bodies and itself.

Dr Agnelo Fernandes, a GP in Croydon, said: “GP2GP has been a very successful initiative so far, both in terms of the benefits it’s delivering and in terms of the technical solution working consistently well.

“It’s very refreshing to have medical information available for patients when they present for the first time.”

He added that the electronic system marks a major advance over the previous paper-based system.

In June 2006, the NHS Confederation reported that the Connecting for Health computer system would boost the efficiency of the NHS by making patient records more easily available to individuals who require them.

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