Eight suppliers have been awarded a GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) Framework Contract by NHS Connecting for Health.
The first five suppliers have already signed contracts and the remaining three should sign over the next month.
EMIS, InPractice, Microtest, Seetec and Healthy Software have already signed contracts and represent the first wave of GP clinical system suppliers to the GPSoC Framework.
This Framework will provide practices with a choice of upgraded GP clinical systems from the National Programme for IT (NPfIT), alongside the systems offered by the local service providers.
GPs had demanded a greater choice of IT systems to use under the NPfIT, over and above those offered by the main regional suppliers. The government launched the GPSoC framework last year in response.
The other three suppliers among the eight are CSC Computer Sciences (providing TPP's SystmOne), iSOFT and Waveform Solutions.
Despite losing cash and being amid a takeover battle, iSOFT has made the list.