Health informatics review11th July 2008
NHS trusts look set to get support to select and install interim systems as a result of the NHS Informatics Review.
In some cases, they may also receive national funding after a change in emphasis triggered by long delays in the detailed electronic record systems at the heart of the National Programme for IT in the NHS.
The review highlights good information and good information systems as being critical to the delivery of Lord Darzi’s Next Stage Review of the NHS.
Led by the Department of Health’s interim chief information officer, Matthew Swindells, before his departure to the private sector, the review reaffirms the goal of the national programme to deliver integrated care records systems.
However, it also acknowledged the impact that lengthy delays in the delivery of strategic systems from local service providers were having on trusts.
NHS Connecting for Health (CfH) is already working with trusts and strategic health authorities on specific requests for help on interim systems.
However, NHS medical director and interim director general for informatics Sir Bruce Keogh, said that NHS informatics warned that the move toward interim systems was “not a license for open season.”
“If people start going it alone it could be at a huge opportunity cost,” he said.
Trusts will be able to get interim systems through their LSP or from suppliers using the Additional Supply Capability and Capacity framework contract.
Gordon Hextall, the acting head of CfH, denied that the move represented the abandonment of the strategic goals of the NHS IT programme.
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Title: Health informatics review
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 7477
Date Added: 11th Jul 2008