NHS Connecting for Health has selected eight suppliers to provide clinical systems for family doctors under the GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) programme.
Health ministers announced GPSoC in March last year to allay concerns among GPs that they would be compelled to use only systems provided by the lead contractors for the NHS’s £12.4bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
Five of the eight suppliers have already signed a GPSoC framework contract with NHS Connecting for Health, which runs NPfIT, with the remaining three expected to sign next month.
The contract award means local primary care trusts and GP practices can now choose clinical systems either from the lead contractors or through GPSoC. It will also bring existing GP clinical system suppliers under the NPfIT umbrella.
Troubled software company iSoft is among the eight selected suppliers, despite worries over delivery of its Lorenzo care records system – a crucial element of NPfIT in three out of five regions – which is running more than two years late.
The software firm was also put on the longlist to provide additional services under new NPfIT contracts set to be worth at least £100m last month. The crisis-hit firm is expected to be sold to Australian firm IBA after a lengthy on-off acquisition saga.
The selected suppliers that have already signed GPSoC contracts are EMIS, InPractice, Microtest, Seetec and Healthy Software. Waveform Solutions and CSC (providing TPP’s SystmOne software) make up the remaining suppliers, along with iSoft.