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Cegedim Healthcare Solutions

By Cegedim Healthcare Solutions
On Apr 12, 2024

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Revolutionising Healthcare: Cegedim Leads with Innovative GP Connect Integration

In a much-welcomed move for community pharmacies, Cegedim Healthcare Solutions has become the first IT provider to integrate GP Connect’s Update Record functionality, signalling a new era in patient care coordination. 

This integration marks a significant stride towards streamlined healthcare services, fostering more cohesive collaboration between community pharmacies and primary care.

Seamless Integration for Enhanced Patient Care

Starting April 3rd, 2024, Cegedim’s Pharmacy Services platform has introduced a vital functionality that seamlessly updates patient GP records following Pharmacy First, Contraception, or Hypertension Case-Finding services.

This means pharmacists can now directly and efficiently update patient records, reducing administrative burden for GPs and enhancing the accuracy of patient data across healthcare systems.

Leanne Hackett, Senior Product Lead at Cegedim, shares the enthusiasm:

“We’re excited to be at the forefront of this technological advancement. This integration is not just a technical update; it’s a leap towards unified healthcare, ensuring that pharmacists are integral to the patient care journey.”

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The Impact on Community Pharmacy

This development is more than just a technological upgrade.

It acknowledges the critical role of pharmacies in primary healthcare, shining a light on the clinical expertise within the pharmacy sector.

The integration allows for more informed decision-making, contributing to better patient outcomes. As pharmacists gain easier access to patient GP records, they are equipped with comprehensive clinical information, crucial for effective patient care.

By 2026, all newly qualified pharmacists entering into the industry will be independent prescribers, meaning that their role will be even more important in primary care and community pharmacies will benefit further from utilising NHS clinical services. 


A Future-Focused Collaboration

Cegedim’s commitment to working hand-in-hand with the NHS is poised to bring even more advancements.

The next phase of GP Connect integration is set to further ease the access to GP patient care records.

This future integration promises to uncover deeper clinical insights, securing the role of community pharmacies in the healthcare system.


Navigating Challenges and Embracing Change

While this integration is a leap forward, the path has not been without its challenges. Earlier NHS delays meant that GP Connect wasn't ready to integrate with Pharmacy First systems for the launch of the service on 31st January 2024 which had raised concerns. 

Shadow Pharmacy Minister, Preet Kaur Gill, had highlighted the cumbersome nature of previous systems, underlining the need for efficient information sharing methods.

As Cegedim pioneers this integration, other Pharmacy First IT suppliers are preparing to follow suit.

This collective movement is geared towards ensuring that pharmacies are not just dispensers of medication but crucial contributors to patient healthcare management.


Shaping the Future of Healthcare

Cegedim Healthcare Solutions’ integration with GP Connect is a significant milestone in healthcare IT, paving the way for a more interconnected and patient-centric healthcare system.

As the first to adopt this integration, Cegedim is setting a precedent for the future of pharmacy involvement in primary care, promising improved outcomes and streamlined care processes for patients across the UK.





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