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IT review underway

21st November 2006

04032006_DoctorAtPC2.jpgA confidential review is to be carried out into the NHS IT programme and Connecting for Health.

NHS chief executive David Nicholson has ordered the urgent review, according to E-Health Insider.

The review will look at the £6.2bn NHS digitisation programme and the structure of Connecting for Health, the agency responsible for its delivery.

The review has already begun taking evidence, focusing on reviewing how to re-structure CfH to make it and the programme more locally responsive.

It comes after the well-reported delays and difficulties faced in delivering the clinical and care records systems at the centre of the project which had prompted calls from numerous bodies for a review.

The review is believed to be looking at how to improve the project in the future.

Some industry figures feared it was being rushed, but a local focus could go some way to addressing the concerns centred on protecting confidentiality, say experts.



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William Walbank

Friday 24th November 2006 @ 20:38

Apart from London, Patient Choice is very limited. Connecting for Choice is a very cumbersome solution to a largely non-existent problem - and is also unlikely to cope with the current rates of change of health technology, treatment policies and delivery organisation.

In systems there is always a trade off between performance and robustness. In theory CfH is all-inclusive and perfect. Such systems still depend on human inputs and, to date, have always failed within a few years.

The only practical solution to deliver rapid improvements will still be a hierarchy of local systems - obeying standard protocol rules for communication -- but owned by local users.


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