Public Sector IT:

April, 2007


April 27, 2007  5:42 PM

BMA GP IT spokesman questions whether system being supplied under NPfIT is legal

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, IT security, NPfIT

Many of us would suppose that when personal medical information is looked at by researchers it is in an anonymous form. In the future that may not be quite the case. Health information that is accessible to researchers as a result of the NHS's National Programme for IT [NPfIT] will be...

April 27, 2007  12:35 PM

Department of Health and Connecting for Health security flaws

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, IT security

There seems to be a belief in some parts of the Department of Health that truth in modern-day public communications is passé. The Department's Medical Training Application Service for junior doctors was taken out of service soon after Channel Four News...


April 26, 2007  7:22 PM

Is the independence of some gateway reviews being compromised?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, FOI

When Peter Gershon proposed the idea of a "gateway review" of IT-based projects and programmes in 1999, he emphasised that they must be independent. Gateway reviews are supposed to be independent assessments of risky IT-dependent...


April 25, 2007  8:45 PM

A need for more openness over NHS £12.4bn National Programme for IT – BMA

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, openness

Below is an extract from evidence submitted by the British Medical Assocation to the House of Commons' Health Select Committee on its inquiry into aspects of the NHS's National Programme for IT. The...


April 25, 2007  8:32 PM

Memorable quotes – on the danger of seeing a project’s problems in isolation of each other

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1

"Don't get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to where there is a free view over the whole single great problem, even if this view is still not a clear one." Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Notebooks 1914-1916.


April 24, 2007  3:50 PM

Some lessons from troubled go-live of NHS Care Records at Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, FOI, IT projects, mistakes, NPfIT, Project management

The lessons (below) expand on an article published in Computer Weekly this week [24 April 2007] and a


April 24, 2007  3:40 PM

Whitehall officials pledge not to repeat troubles at Nuffield hospital – but problems have occurred

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, NPfIT, over-optimism

The Department of Health has given MPs on the Public Accounts Committee an assurance that problems following a troubled go-live of nationally-bought systems at an Oxfordshire hospital will not be repeated elsewhere in the NHS. However, evidence has emerged that some of the same problems...


April 24, 2007  2:00 PM

Lessons from troubled go live of Care Records Service at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, IT projects, mistakes, NPfIT, Project management

Below are the results of an investigation by the National Audit Office into the troubled go-live of a Care Records Service at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. The Care Records Service is the main part of the NHS National Programme for IT [NPfIT]. The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford was, in...


April 20, 2007  12:49 PM

Terry Walton, recently retired head of IT at an acute NHS trust, asks “Does anyone care any more?”

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, NPfIT

Terry Walton, retired head of IT at an acute hospital trust, writes to us about the NHS's National Programme for IT [NPfIT].

"Back in November, we were told that the National Programme would reach 120 installations of patient administration systems by the end of March 2007 [


April 20, 2007  11:34 AM

Spokeswoman for BCS Health IT Forum gives reaction to report on NHS National IT programme

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, openness

Jean Roberts, head of the Policy Group, Health Informatics Forum of the British Computer Society, says:

"It is interesting to read the Public Accounts Committee report -...


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