According to Beverley Bryant, the director of digital at NHS, NHS England aims to give third-party access to GP IT systems for new software and app providers as early as March next year.
Health and Social Care Information Centre and NHS England have been working to open up the GP systems of choice framework, which funds IT systems for most GP practices in England, to third-party suppliers that provide a range of services such as patient record access, transactional services and apps.
Bryant said the process has been difficult but a lot of progress has been made.
She said: "We now have 50 organisaitons in the pipeline working with our primary care system suppliers, covering a range of functionality.
"We think that by the end of March , 20 of those software providers will be accredited, will have passed all the clinical validation, have technological validation, and will be available to start opening it up."
Earlier this year Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the aim is to have a quarter of smartphone users accessing NHS services and patient records through apps by the end of the next financial year.
At the beginning of the year 98% of patients were able to access their summary care record, however at the moment only 5% of patients have access to their full GP medical record which Bryant feels with improve greatly, with the aim of hitting 95% by the end of March next year.
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