Primary care system supplier TPP has announced that it has been accredited by Connecting for Health to send and receive patient records between TPP practices as part of the GP2GP record transfer project.

The company says CfH has confirmed that its SystmOne product meets the safety standards required of internal GP2GP transfers. Almost a million records have already been transferred between practices using SystmOne according to TPP which says more than 7000 GP record transfers between its practices now take place each month.

Beth Daley, TPP spokesperson, said GP2GP transfers have been a major benefit to TPP customers for years. “It is fantastic that our GP2GP transfer process has finally got the recognition it deserves.”

Daley said TPP was currently working an accrediting SystmOne for Read 2 to Read 3 transfers which would enable TPP practices to receive records from practices using the majority of other clinical systems.

“We would anticipate that implementation will be much sooner than the end of next year,” said Daley.

The company declined to comment on whether transfers between Read 3 to Read 2 practices would be possible, enabling practices using most GP systems, based on Read 2, to receive TPP records.

TPP, along with primary care system suppliers Healthy Software and Seetec Enterprise, uses Read code version 3 and it is currently not possible for codes to be translated from Read code 3 to Read code 2.

GP system suppliers EMIS and INPS, which use Read code version 2, have been accredited for same system transfers for more than a year and are currently piloting transfers between EMIS and INPS practices in Croydon Primary Care Trust.

ISoft has now delivered a beta version of its GP2GP software and Dr Paul Cundy, chair of the GPC’s IT sub-committee, told EHI Primary Care last month that the aim was to complete the GP2GP project by the end of 2008.


Hopes for GP2GP completion by end of 2008