CSC Signs Agreement with Health and Social Care Information Centre
News Release -- July 19, 2012
FALLS CHURCH, Va., July 19 – CSC (NYSE: CSC) has signed a contract with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to deliver SystmOne data extracts as part of the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES).
The six-year contract, which is worth up to £4.6 million and was signed in the first quarter of CSC fiscal year 2013, will allow specific data about patients, such as the prevalence of disease and treatment given, to be extracted from patient records, to help better support patient care in the future.
SystmOne will be developed by TPP to allow GP practices to carry out queries on the patient records they have, while CSC will test and assure the queries, provide hosting and service desk capability and support first-of-type projects ahead of the Spring 2013 GPES go-live launch.
Previously, numerous systems have been used to access and analyze patient data making it difficult to share for research, audit and public health surveillance purposes.
GPES marks the migration of using disparate systems to collect data towards using a secure, streamlined service that allows information to be shared securely across the NHS.
The move to GPES will ensure that data extractions are comparable across the NHS, enabling improvements to patient care and increased efficiencies.
Now all major GP clinical system suppliers, including those using CSC’s primary care systems, have signed up to GPES to help provide a standardized picture of primary care across the country on a national scale for the very first time.
“We’re delighted to have CSC on board with GPES — a service that will help the NHS improve the way it works to prevent, diagnose and treat illness,” said Tim Straughan, HSCIC chief executive. “CSC’s commitment is an important milestone in ensuring that every GP practice can contribute towards a single, standardized picture of primary care information across the country, within a framework of the most robust information governance principles.”
GPES will also be part of a new process to provide payments to GPs and Clinical Commissioning groups, which will have major benefits in reducing the administrative burden for GPs. It will extract data from GP clinical systems in order to support payments while the new Calculating Quality Reporting Service will do the payment calculations.
Andrea Fiumicelli, chief operating officer of CSC's Healthcare Group, said, “The need for up-to-date, usable and relevant information in the NHS has never been greater, and GPES is of vital importance to help meet the future information needs of the NHS.”
CSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled business solutions and services. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 98,000 employees and reported revenue of $15.9 billion for the 12 months ended March 30, 2012. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.csc.com.
About HSCIC and GPES
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) — previously know as 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. HSCIC 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.
HSCIC’s General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) is a centrally managed primary care data extraction service that will be capable of obtaining information from GP practices across England for specific and approved purposes whilst ensuring patient confidentiality and privacy and minimising administrative burdens for practice staff. The first major deliverable for the service will be to extract data from GP systems for the Quality and Outcomes Framework to the Calculating Quality Reporting Service 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 the GPES Information Governance Principles, which have been approved by the National Information Governance Board and by the medical ethics committees of the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners.
More information about GPES is at www.ic.nhs.uk/gpes.