Seven major insurers already using general practitioner reporting (GPR) service
Medical Screening Solutions (MSS), a firm which liaises with primary care services on behalf of insurers, has signed an exclusive agreement with Niche Health to provide iGPR technology to the protection industry.
The software, which is already used as part of the underwriting process for life cover by Aegon, Aviva, Legal & General, Royal London, Scottish Widows and Zurich, allows insurers to get access to electronic general practitioner reports.
Traditionally a paper-based practice, iGPR processes a medical request through to a health practice, where a clinical report is generated electronically, and restricted, sensitive or irrelevant information is removed by the software and then sent back to the insurer.
Through the partnership between MSS and Niche Health, the paperless service, which is used by advisers, will be available to insurers not currently using the software as of 2019.
"It's fantastic to be able to offer iGPR as part of our service," said Jonathan Benton of MSS. "The product is so well respected by doctors and practice managers and standardising the way evidence is provided between primary care and requesting third parties is a benefit to everyone.
"Setting up a new technology internally can be an enormous task, but the service provided by MSS will enable insurers of all sizes to realise the many benefits of electronic reporting immediately and without disruption."
According to Guy Bridgewater, managing director of Niche Health, the technology is especially vital in light of GDPR regulation.
"One of the key features of developing iGPR was to improve security and compliance for GP's when providing patient reports," he said. "iGPR's redaction features make the process of complying with GDPR incredibly easy for NHS staff and a much securer process than providing evidence in paper."
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