Proud to be a GP IT Futures Compliant Supplier

We’re delighted to announce that Medi2data has been awarded a place on the new NHS GP IT Futures framework, part of the NHS Digital Buying Catalogue, which replaces GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC).

We truly welcome the adoption of this new framework, which closely aligns with our commitment to providing GP practices with our free software solution, eMR.

Richard Freeman, Medi2data CEO and Founder says, “I am so very proud of the Company reaching this significant milestone, as it demonstrates to the market, that our product and services are being delivered to the highest governance and safety standards, whilst delivering incredible benefits to our GP surgery customers. It is also clear that many Government departments and agencies are going to use the GP IT Futures framework, as a key standard when tendering services from accredited suppliers.”

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Tackling the human cost of delayed medical reports – prompting the BMA, ICO and ABI to push for digital medical reporting

The admin burden on GPs and practice staff

Subject to Access requests and patient medical reports are part of the everyday non-clinical services that GP practices provide for insurance companies, solicitors, employers, and government agencies, with the average practice receiving about 12 report requests a week.

Despite encouragement to request reports digitally from the Association of British Insurers, BMA and ICO, over 90% of medical report requests are still sent to GP practices by post.

With GP practices stretched to breaking point and about to embark on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, completing medical reports can very easily slip to the bottom of the priority pile.

The cost of inefficient processes

To process a report manually can take practice staff between 20 to 80 minutes, including scanning, printing, redacting non GDPR-compliant information, passing the information to GPs for approval, and posting the report to the requesting organisation. The practice is also responsible for ensuring fees are paid where applicable.

Internal costs soar as staff time is allocated to these laborious tasks, and the process is open to error which can have dire consequences if reports are lost or not returned on time.

Removing the medical reporting headache

The BMA’s Access to medical reports guide mandates that practices should turn around medical reports within 21 days, but with the average GP practice working 50 hours a week more during the pandemic, how will they find the time? Some GP practices are warning that medical reports may take up to 8-9 weeks to complete.

The answer must lie in the adoption of technology that automates medical reporting, allowing GPs and practice staff to reallocate their time to more critical tasks.

Making the change to digital medical reporting

15-20% of practices have already made the change to digital reporting within their practices which can save up to 82% time and costs.

Haughton Thornley practice in Manchester has gone a step further, having outsourced all their medical reporting, using the eMR+ service from Medi2data, freeing up 18 hours a week.

Deborah Smith, practice manager, and Lorraine Hall, finance officer, saw eMR+ as a logical solution to free up time and reduce stress within the practice.

Lorraine says, “It was a no-brainer for us. Our admin team used to spend hours every week struggling to complete reports, and now it takes just five minutes each morning. We send our instructions to the eMR+ team who manage the entire process, including same day response, Clinician sign-offand billing and payment services.”

Putting quality and security first

Medi2data’s CEO, Richard Freeman, said, “We built eMR+ in collaboration with GPs, clinicians and practice staff to ensure it meets the highest quality and security standards.

GPs like the secure protocols used to ensure high quality redaction processes are used to complete reports. eMR+ automates any fee payments too, which means practice managers can easily keep track of reports and payments, without having to spend time chasing third parties.

“As practices are struggling with an ever-increasing workload, this free service removes some of the non-essential pressure on staff, so their time can be reallocated to other tasks.

“Third parties are happy because they receive high-quality digital reports, and patients are happy because their claim or request is processed quickly, removing the stress and anxiety of waiting for paperwork that directly affects their lives”.

Medi2data expands its senior team with a technical project manager appointment

Medi2data has bolstered its senior team with the appointment of Emma Gale, who brings over 15 years of professional health informatics experience to the team.

Emma will be responsible for the development and roll out of eMR Health Passport, which will allow patients to securely access and share their electronic GP medical records, patient reports and clinical correspondence with authorised third parties such as higher education institutions,  insurers, solicitors and government agencies.

Built on Medi2data’s flagship eMR software and part- funded by Innovate UK Smart Grant Scheme, this game-changing app will free up time in GP practices across the UK, provide secure and fast access to patient data for authorised third parties and give patients greater control of their medical data.

On her appointment, Emma commented, “I’m delighted to be heading up a project with such potential. The health passport gives the patient ownership of their own medical records including clinical correspondence and diagnostic tests, the possibilities are endless. People with long term conditions will no longer have to repeat their story to several health professionals, individuals will have control over who has access to their data.  This is what we have all been waiting for.“

“Medi2data works closely with the academics at Swansea University, which is where my informatics journey began. Since then I’ve worked around the world – most recently setting up EMR systems in the Falkland Islands and St. Helena – so it’s nice to be back where it all began.”  

Richard Freeman, CEO of Medi2data said, “Emma has a solid background in deploying successful healthcare IT projects and we’re delighted to welcome her on the Medi2data team at this exciting stage of our growth.” 

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