73 suppliers have submitted tender applications to be part of the first phase of the GP IT Futures programme, NHS Digital has announced.
Stage one of the process has now closed, with applications now progressing to a second stage of rigorous testing.
The new GP IT Futures framework will replace the GP System of Choice (GPSoC) contractual framework. It aims to ensure that patients and the NHS can safely and securely access and share primary care data in real-time and to move to open, modern, cloud architecture with consistent technical and data standards.
The objectives of the framework are to ensure access to real-time data, deliver interoperability between systems, and support new models of care and primary care networks.
Martin Warden, Director for the Digital Transformation in General Practice programme at NHS Digital, said “We are delighted that so many suppliers have submitted their applications to tender to be on the new GP IT Futures framework.”
“It is great to have so many companies who share in our vision to provide GPs with the best possible tools and services, at the highest possible standards.”
Dr Masood Nazir, SRO for GPIT Futures and Associate CCIO, Primary Care Digital Transformation, NHSX, said “The GP IT Futures framework has been designed to ensure that GP colleagues and practices will be able to choose from modern, assured and well-designed products that reflect what is needed for general practice for now and for the future. These solutions will help to reduce burden in delivering patient care.”