Headlines: September 24th, 2004

Some 9000 GP practices across 303 Primary Care Trusts are now able to key in their performance data to NHS Net, the health service intranet, and get a rapid response on their performance. The new GP contract introduced in April provides a payment for quality outcomes and the online system calculates the payment due. Under the new contract up to 30% of new money for individual practices depends on the care doctors deliver. This is separated into clinical conditions they treat, such as heart disease and the advice they gave patients, such as how to stop smoking.The system verifies the data input locally and automatically updates the performance report. This then allows the practice to compare the actual care delivered with the projected care.

The new system is a component of the National Programme for IT which is playing a crucial role in delivering the NHS Plan. The Programme will create a multi-billion pound information infrastructure which will improve patient through electronic care record and hospital booking services and the electronic transmission of prescriptions.