NHS Information Centre awards Atos contract for new General Practice Extraction Service

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NHS Information Centre awards Atos contract for new General Practice Extraction Service

Supporting the  future information needs of the NHS to further improve patient care
London, 20th December 2011
Atos, an international IT services company, today announed that it has been awarded a five-year contract worth £8 million by the NHS Information Centre to supply technical components needed to implement the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES). Specifically, Atos will supply the software system that will produce the queries required to extract specified data from the range of GP practice systems across England.

GPES is a new service managed by the NHS Information Centre and sponsored by the Department of Health that will be able to extract data from GP practice systems across England for specific purposes that will support better patient care.

The launch of GPES means that, for the first time ever, it will be possible for the NHS to harness the full potential that primary care data offers for reducing inequalities, tackling inefficiencies and delivering best-quality local care. GPES will also play a key role in the proposed new process for providing payments to GPs and clinical commissioning groups.

Chief executive of the NHS Information Centre Tim Straughan said:“GPES will offer an unprecedented, standardised picture of primary care information across England, while protecting patient confidentiality, through robust information governance principles, and minimising administrative burdens for GPs and practice staff.”

Ursula Morgenstern, UK CEO, Atos said: “We have worked closely with the NHS Information Centre to fully understand their needs and believe that our solution meets all the requirements, offers value for money and is low risk. We are committed to its success and to ensuring it becomes the single source for usable primary care information within the NHS.”

Atos will develop and build the solution in compliance with all security standards. It will then manage the day to day operations from the UK , ahead of when the service begins to produce its first major deliverable – Quality and Outcomes Framework data from April 2013. 

About Atos
Atos is an international information technology services company with annual revenues of €8.6 billion and 74,000 employees in 42 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Atos Worldline and Atos Worldgrid. 

About the NHS Information Centre
The NHS Information Centre is England’s authoritative, independent source of health and social care information. It works with a wide range of health and social care providers nationwide to provide the facts and figures that help the NHS and social services run effectively. Its role is to collect data, analyse it and convert it into useful information which helps providers improve their services and supports academics, researchers, regulators and policymakers in their work. The NHS Information Centre also produces a wide range of statistical publications each year across a number of areas including: primary care, health and lifestyles, screening, hospital care, population and geography, social care and workforce and pay statistics.

About GPES
The NHS Information Centre’s General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) will provide a standardised picture of primary care information across England, while protecting patient confidentiality and minimising administrative burdens for practice staff. The service will be operational from September 2012 and its first major deliverable will be to extract data from GP systems for QOF to CQRS in April 2013. All requests for data extractions will need the approval of an independent advisory group which will include GP and patient representatives. Data extractions will only take place if they adhere to strict information governance rules that have been approved by the National Information Governance Board, the medical ethics committee of the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners. More information about GPES is at www.ic.nhs.uk/gpes  

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