GP2GP Version 2 Released
GP2GP, the highly successful electronic patient file transfer utility launched by Patients First around a year ago, has just undergone it’s first major update. GP2GP transfers currently track at around 30,000 per month.
Close collaboration between HealthLink, Patients First and the 4 PMS vendors, Houston, Intrahealth, Medtech and My Practice, resulted in a modified design which would build on the intitial capability and take into account suggested areas for improvement.
This new release has improved the actual GP2GP message handling and increased allowed file size from 5 megabytes to 20 megabytes. GP2GP transfers currently track at around 30,000 per month and we expect this increased file size to increase this to around 36,000 per month. Without this upgrade practices would be tasked with manually copying files and posting them through to be transcribed and stored at the receiving practice.
Extensive testing was undertaken by HealthLink to ensure each of the systems’ generated messages could be correctly received and consumed by any of the systems. Also for the transition period it was essential that, not only could the HelathLink messaging system carry the messages, but all currently deployed systems could receive and consume the larger file sizes.
- Patients First Ltd is a not-for-profit limited liability company that works within the health sector to achieve quality health outcomes for patients by facilitating information system integration and promoting quality information frameworks.
- GP2GP uses a standards based toolkit and is designed to facilitate the electronic transfer of patient records between general practice.
- The key benefit from GP2GP is that patient’s past medical records become fully integrated into their new practice’s current medical record for them.
- GP2GP is used roughly 30,000 times each month.
- GP2GP now allows patient files of up to 20 Meg in size to be successfully transferred between practices ensuring scans and attached documents are all transferred.