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How the telephone can help achieve the GP Forward View

Providing GPs and patients with more efficient ways of communicating is vital if this ambition is to be realised, argues Paul Bensley of X–on According to The King’s Fund, between 2010-11 and 2014-15, telephone contacts with general practice increased by 62.6%, compared to an increase of 13.3% in face-to-face consultations over the […]

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Roll-out approved for Docman 10

NHS Digital has approved the roll-out Docman 10 following a rigorous process as part of the GP Systems of Choice (Lot One) framework that centrally funds the provision of GP IT systems in England. Their successful First of Type phase over the past few months has seen a number of […]

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Digital tool to support better care for the vulnerable

An online frailty calculator developed by academics at The University of Nottingham will help GPs to identify their most vulnerable older patients for enhanced care. The QFrailty calculator combines complex information about a patient’s life expectancy and their risk of unplanned hospital admission over the coming 12 months. The QFrailty […]

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How can GPs get the IT they need?

Dr Neil Paul, a GP in Sandbach and well-known columnist on primary care IT, says technology can help general practice to meet the pressures on it. However, he says this will take scale, funds and skills – issues that he will explore further at EHI Live 2017.  General practice is […]

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Practices to benefit from cloud based telecoms

Thousands of GP surgeries across the UK can now improve practice efficiency and gain more time to care for their patients through an agreement that will see the Surgery Connect telephone solution available directly through the EMIS GP clinical system. Surgery Connect, from X-on, is a cloud-based telephone solution that […]

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GP runs morning surgery on ‘patient power’

A GP in Greater Manchester harnessed the skills of his digital-savvy patients when a power cut brought his morning surgery to a standstill. Dr Amir Hannan, of Haughton Thornley Medical Centres in Greater Manchester, was able to continue consultations by viewing his patients’ medical records on their own smartphone devices, […]