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DH pushes GP choice and AQP to patients
NHS North of Tyne gets RAIDR
EHI focus on: EDT Hub in Salford

  Issue 350, 14 December 2011 twitter MyEhi contact



A wave of government announcements on data-sharing in the NHS included the launch of two tools designed to encourage patient choice. An interactive map showing which local health services will be available through the 'any qualified provider' policy reflects the government's determination to push ahead with its competition agenda despite opposition.

And more detailed information about GP practices was added to the NHS Choices website. The new information includes the percentage of patients at a practice with long-term conditions and how often patients are admitted to hospital. Representatives of the BMA and NHS Alliance told EHI Primary Care that the information was meaningless without context such as local demographics and national averages.

London patients can see more about how their local GPs are performing on the newly launched myhealthlondon site, which brings together data on a set of 22 agreed standards. Meanwhile, an NHS North of Tyne locally developed commissioning and GP-support tool has proved so popular that it is being rolled out to neighbouring practices and clinical commissioning groups.

And Insight looks at the roll-out of PCTI's EDT Hub at NHS Salford. It was one of the first primary care trusts to deploy the technology in order to meet the government's 24-hour discharge summary target. Two years after the project began, more than 32,000 summaries have been sent electronically; and all clinical letters will soon be sent via the hub.



DH pushes GP choice and AQP to patients

New GP practice data and an interactive map of the local health services that will be opened up to 'any qualified provider' have been published today.

myhealthlondon GP compare site launched

A new website showing performance and patient satisfaction levels at London's GP practices is being launched today.

BMA comes out against Health Bill

The British Medical Association has moved to outright opposition of the Health and Social Care Bill that will enact the government's latest NHS reforms.

NHS North of Tyne gets RAIDR

An in-house developed commissioning and GP support tool has been deployed in practices across the North of Tyne area and is rolling out to GPs in Durham and Darlington.

TPP users switch on SCR viewer

TPP has switched on a new integrated Summary Care Record viewer at a GP practice and an out-of-hours provider using its SystmOne software.

Patients Know Best links up with howRU

Patients Know Best has announced a partnership with Abies Ltd so users of its online medical records system can use the howRU patient reported outcome measurement tool.

North West tenders for NHS 111 service

The contract for an NHS 111 service to cover the North West of England has been put out for tender in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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EHI focus on: EDT Hub in Salford

Primary and secondary care organisations in Salford started using PCTI's EDT Hub to send GPs discharge summaries and are now using it for other clinical correspondence. Rebecca Todd reports.

Another view: Neil Paul

Our GP columnist would like his computer to fill in forms; particularly the many different forms he receives from insurance companies.


Quote of the week


"We would therefore be very concerned if this information was used to create league tables that would mislead patients rather than better inform them."

Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chair of the BMA's GP committee, comments on the addition of GP practice data to NHS Choices.


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