The National General Practice Information Technology (GPIT) Group has announced that five GP practice software products have achieved certification. The products are:
These products were certified between November 2008 and February 2010. Dr Brian O'Mahony, GPIT Project Manager, stated "The GPIT Group worked with vendors to agree the Requirements for Certification. A certification test plan was created and products were benchmarked against the test plan. The testing process was rigorous and vendors worked hard with the GPIT Group to achieve certification."
Certification covers areas such as service level agreements between GPs and vendors, help desk and support, training and escrow agreements as well as the specific functional requirements needed for GP systems, such as consulting, prescribing and vaccinating. "Up to now this was a paper exercise," says Dr O'Mahony, "but the testing benchmarked the software against specific functions and assessed if the software product achieved the required standard. GPs should give careful consideration to the use of certified practice software when they are investing in a new practice information system."
The GPIT Group has issued a certification logo to products that have achieved certification. This can be displayed by the vendors on their promotional literature and web sites. The certification process and logo relate to a specific software product rather than a vendor.
Dr O'Mahony is keen to hear from individuals and groups who wish to learn more about the certification process. Please contact Ms Niamh Killeen of the ICGP with comments and queries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01 6763705.