The individual health record scheme was piloted by the Gwent out-of-hours
service and is gradually being introduced across Wales.
The exact cost of privatising the out-of-hours
service cannot be published yet because the company's bid is labelled 'commercially sensitive'.
The commission also found that the proportion of calls prioritised as urgent in out-of-hours
care varied from under 4% to more than 32% between services, raising questions over consistency.
The NHS Alliance has said responsibility for out-of-hours
care should revert back to GPs, in an effort to avoid confusion in the face of a number of different choices.
GP services in three parts of Wales will be using electronic patient records by the end of the year.
CHANGES to out-of-hours
NHS care could mean serious illnesses in children are being missed, an expert said today.
These are tough times for us all and one of the issues Mr Hunt should be addressing is the shortage of 10,000-plus GPs across all services, not just out-of-hours
," she said.
The new digital records - called individual health records (IHR) - are designed to improve the care patients receive when contacting the GP out-of-hours
The GP out-of-hours
service run at Swansea's Singleton Hospital is currently open for minor accident victims 24 hours a day.
service routinely provides just one doctor to cover all 330,000 patients in Coventry overnight.
THERE needs to be a "radical review" of out-of-hours
care to prevent European doctors flying to the UK to cover weekend shifts, according to the head of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP).
NHS doctor services in Worcestershire have seen a "significant improvement" under a new contract with a private company, health watchdogs were told.