Chris Netherton

Chris Netherton

Managing Director, Microtest

The HSCIC’s GP Connect project is making fantastic progress. When the first phase is delivered in autumn 2016, it will establish a new collaborative approach to healthcare IT systems that will facilitate the interoperability of most key functions across all primary care systems. The transformational impact this will have on the healthcare industry cannot be underestimated.

Microtest was the first GP System Supplier to agree the GPSoC GP Connect Heads of Terms Agreement with the HSCIC and we have continued to play a leading role in this significant project.

We are really looking forward to the impact this project will have on the UK primary care industry, as we believe it will unlock the potential for accelerated product innovation and improved quality of service.

When the key functionality of all systems used across primary care are interoperable, it will allow collaborative working between practices using different clinical systems, finally enabling the sharing of comprehensive patient records.

The impact this is likely to have on primary care is phenomenal. It will mean that practices will at last be able to take interoperability for granted and make buying decisions based on added value, quality of service and meeting their own specific practice needs.

Once the whole question of interoperability has been removed from the equation, it means that suppliers will focus on creating market differentiation through superior product and service design. All suppliers will be able to compete on a more level playing field.

This will drive up standards across the industry and patients will be the ultimate winners.

At Microtest, we relish the challenge ahead.

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