IT review underway21st November 2006
A 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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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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Title: IT review underway
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 1200
Date Added: 21st Nov 2006