Chris Netherton, M.D.

Microtest helps practices take collaboration to exciting new levels


Microtest has always been committed to helping our medical professionals make the most of the new era of collaboration. The last year has seen sustainability and transformation projects based around patient record sharing in Microtest practices really come to the fore.

Whether practices are collaborating, federating, or even just plain co-operating, Microtest Open Evolution has been helping them to find new answers and open up important new ways of working. Here are just some examples of how our customers are putting these innovations into action:

 In the Carrick area, paramedics are sharing records from EMIS, Microtest and SystmOne practices to offer patient visits.

In mid Cornwall, the Three Harbours Group practices offered shared clinics over the Christmas and New Year period allowing the practices to provide shared cover and allowing patients from any of the three Microtest practices to attend appointments at the other practices in the group.  Consultations and outcomes are electronically sent back into the workflow of the patient’s own practice to allow the ongoing care of the patient to be managed.

In North Kerrier, Microtest has been spearheading the delivery of the NHS Digital GP Connect Project to allow a group of EMIS and Microtest practices to share patient records. Over the coming months, GP Connect will provide shared appointments and will also allow tasks to be inserted into the workflow of participating practices for the management of their ongoing care.

In West Penwith, paramedics are sharing patient records between a group of Microtest practices to provide patient visits.

Again in West Penwith, Mounts Bay Medical Ltd, a collaboration of Microtest practices, are engaging in clinical research with Guru supporting the ‘Hub and Spoke’ IG model that underpins the project.

Two surgeries based in Falmouth and Penryn have launched a new shared home-visiting service. Although the two practices use different clinical systems, with Trescobeas Surgery using Microtest’s Open Evolution and Penryn Surgery using SystmOne, the practices are able to share patient notes seamlessly thanks to Microtest’s patient record sharing system, Guru.

In Plymouth, many practices are using Guru for patient visits and making full use of the shared dynamic visit lists, which allows reception to add additional patients to the visiting GPs appointment list, in real-time, while the GP is out on the road.

In East Cornwall, we will shortly be starting a project that will see the sharing of patient records across EMIS, Microtest and SystmOne practices with Dermatology Specialists who will take over the delivery of dermatology services from the Referral Management Service, speeding up the delivery of patient care, improving efficiency and making cost savings.

The few cases above are only a small number of the many where Evolution and Guru are providing shared access to patient records but, of course, those practices can offer shared care, safe in the knowledge that legitimate relationships, appropriate record access and security are fully enforced.

It is really exciting to see how these new ways of collaborating are helping to deliver better quality of care for patients.

You can find out more by seeing the case studies section on our website.