The news comes despite last week’s announcement that the plan will be delayed by six months because the NHS failed to inform its patients of the changes properly.
The company will be providing its General Practice Extraction Service, which it claims is a centrally managed primary care data extraction system. It obtains information from GPs across England for approved purposes while maintaining patient confidentiality and privacy.
According to UK press reports, this service will replace the one currently provided by the Quality Management and Analysis System in what is a multi-million pound deal.
“The new systems are required in order to provide the NHS Commissioning Board with a more flexible service [that will] deliver current and emerging outcomes data and any related payments for GP practices and Clinical Commissioning Groups,” claimed Atos.
While the NHS has claimed information gathered as part of care.data will not be sold to insurance companies and the like, privacy campaigners such as the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Medical Association (BMA) have shown concern.
Earlier this month, RCGP released a statement saying it believes not enough has been done to inform the public about the benefit and safeguards surrounding the programme, while BMA welcomed the delay in its rollout.