NHS Choices taken on by Dr Foster18th November 2008
Health data company Dr Foster has gone live with a website which provides an "alternative" to NHS Choices.
Dr Foster Intelligence were given the first 18-month contract for NHS Choices, but were not successful in their effort to gain the ongoing three-year contract for the Department of Health's main website.
Capita won the contract for the £80 million project earlier in 2008.
The new website, Drfosterhealth.co.uk, is designed to be a patient's "complete online medical guide resource" and includes consumer ratings for hospitals and doctors.
It also shows waiting times, mortality rates, infection standards and revision rates. The information is drawn from a questionnaire which was posted to all hospitals in the country.
Alex Young, senior project manager and content editor for Dr Foster’s website, said the new website was launched in order to "help" patients and doctors to collaborate and make the right choices about patients' treatment.
He told e-Health Insider: "Lord Darzi's report talks about the importance of competition in the NHS. We are coming from that angle, providing a comparative view and focusing on patient choice and competition between hospitals."
The Department of Health said last week that NHS Choices and NHS Direct were working together: "to provide the public with all the information they need in one place."
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Title: NHS Choices taken on by Dr Foster
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 9239
Date Added: 18th Nov 2008