Public Sector IT:

February, 2008

February 28, 2008  3:40 PM

Police won’t use national e-health records for fishing – government pledge

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Lord Warner, one in a line of health ministers who was once in charge of the NHS’s National Programme for IT – NPfIT – suggested to the BBC “Today” programme on 18 December 2006 that police will have access to national health records only in court cases.

February 28, 2008  12:17 PM

Why the fuss over sharing patient data with police and other authorities?

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In response to the blog entry about police being allowed to request searches of a national database which supports the Secondary Uses Service an anonymous reader makes points many will agree...

February 28, 2008  9:17 AM

Police to be allowed searches of national database of NHS patient records

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News analysis It went largely unnoticed but the minister for the NHS’s National Programme for IT, Ben Bradshaw, has confirmed that data on a central database of millions of confidential health records will be made available to police where there is an “overriding public interest”. The...

February 26, 2008  5:25 PM

Chip and pin flaws – are security evaluations robust?

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accountability, IT security, openness

Researchers at Cambridge University Computer Laboratory say they have shown that chip and pin machines are not as secure as the banking industry claims. They claim that two widely-deployed models of pin entry devices fail to protect customers' card details and pins adequately.

February 26, 2008  3:14 PM

B’ham Council’s SAP system – local MP remains defensive

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transparency and accountability

The brave and campaigning Birmingham MP John Hemming is continuing to use an online forum to defend the city council and its SAP-based “Voyager” system. For nearly a month Hemming has regularly posted defensive comments to “The Stirrer”, a forum that’s popular with employees of

February 25, 2008  5:07 PM

Downing St NPfIT papers – full set (as released by Cabinet Office)

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This is the set of papers supplied by the Cabinet Office after my request under the Freedom of Information Act in January 2005 for details of a meeting at Downing Street in February 2002 to discuss a...

February 25, 2008  10:25 AM

Government CIO Council turns green

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Government IT, Green IT

The Government’s CIO Council is planning a “green” strategy for the public sector which includes cutting tens of thousands of printers, buying PCs by how little power they use as well as price, and keeping equipment up to two years longer.

February 21, 2008  4:37 PM

What Blair, Microsoft and Cisco said at Downing St on NHS IT reform

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On a planned IT-led modernisation of the NHS, Tony Blair said at a meeting at Downing Street on 18 February 2002 that there were three main issues: - to ensure the NHS had the right systems - how these were implemented locally by managers and clinicians - how we increase the pace of...

February 21, 2008  4:00 PM

The trouble with government IT projects – Colin Beveridge

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Change management, FOI, Government IT, ID cards, NPfIT

Colin Beveridge of the Better Practice Forum has sent these comments on our coverage of the

February 20, 2008  12:59 PM

What officials promised Blair on NHS IT reform – release of secret papers

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Among the Downing Street papers released by the Cabinet Office under the Freedom of Information Act was the Department of Health’s briefing to Tony Blair. The briefing was given to Blair four days before an

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