The NHS GP IT Futures framework (the "Framework") replaces GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC), the current contractual framework, to supply IT systems and services to the GP market in England. It will commence on 1 January 2020 and, subject to a break option after the first year, is capable of running until 31 March 2023. The Framework will govern the provision of the majority of EMIS Group's clinical IT system-related services to GPs in England.
All suppliers appointed to the Framework will also require separate approval for their products and services to be placed on the Digital Buying Catalogue (the "Catalogue"). This is the online platform through which clinical IT systems will be procured under GP IT Futures, to allow them to sell their products and services. This is a detailed process to ensure that individual products and GP systems meet strict clinical safety and operational requirements similar to the high standards that the Group's EMIS Web product meets today. EMIS Group is at an advanced stage of this approval process.
Andy Thorburn, Chief Executive Officer of EMIS Group, said: "We are pleased to have been awarded a place on the new GP IT Futures framework. We are now focused on completing the Catalogue approval process, which should allow EMIS Health to continue providing joined-up technology to the NHS market for years to come, while positioning the Group positively for the future with potential growth opportunities for both EMIS Web and the broader EMIS Group portfolio."