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Somerset LMC Weekly update Friday 22nd May 2015

Date sent: Friday 22 May 2015

Sent to Somerset GPs, Practice Managers and Lead Nurses.  This Update and Previous Updates can be found here

Electronic PMAR Reporting from EMIS Web
We understand that a recent upgrade from EMIS included some third party software, “iGPR” produced by Niche Health, an independent supplier to EMIS.  iGPR allows the practice to generate an electronic data extract in a standard format that will replace the traditional paper Private Medical Adviser’s Report, and which can be sent directly to the requesting insurance company. This clearly has several benefits: administrative and copying costs are much reduced, only relevant information is extracted, and this is presented in a legible standard format. It can also be done very quickly.  We have been assured that there is a process for verifying patient consent and that the GP has reviewed the information before it can be sent.  

The Niche Health Website says that any data sent using the system is protected and encrypted, but until the CCG has obtained assurances from EMIS about the  data security and information governance implications of using iGPR we  advise that you continue to submit paper reports as at present.  You may also need to check that your registration with the ICO covers this activity.

See: Niche Health Walkthrough Video-EMIS

Patient Group Directions (PGD) and Patient Specific Directions (PSD)
The GPC’s guidance on Patient Group Directions (PGD) and Patient Specific Directions (PSD) in General Practice has been updated following regulatory and organisational changes within the NHS, and new NICE Guidelines.  Website link.

Vaccine Update
This month's issue, which has been delayed because of the election, covers a wide range of topics including the new MenACWY vaccination programme for teenagers, excellent rotavirus vaccine uptake data, and the vaccine delivery schedule for the Spring Bank holiday. View the latest Vaccine Update

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Kind Regards


Somerset LMC


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