Is the digital revolution the end of general practice as we know it or a vital step to modernisation?
Whatever your view, it seems clear that the digital revolution is coming to general practice, with £45m earmarked for online consultations by NHS England in the GP Forward View and new technology providers vying to get into the market.
An event from PCC brings together commissioners, GPs who are already using some of the services on offer and a leading lawyer who will consider the wider implications for general practice, including how services can be commissioned to ensure that “disruption” is not a destructive force.
Delegates will hear from GPs who are using non-AI based technology to help manage workload and improve the experience of patients. They will also hear from a private provider of online consultations – do these services amount to a competitive threat or an opportunity?
Robert McGough, a partner at specialist lawyers Hill Dickinson looks at the legal model for e-consultations and the potential implications for contracting. There are potentially wide-ranging implications for CCGs and practices, particularly for online only services such as those that have recently opened in London and involve patients de-registering from their existing practice.
Practices will get the information they need to decide whether to embrace new technology or run the risk that non-NHS providers could enter the market in competition with them.
The events are on 17 October in London and 15 November in Manchester.