Public Sector IT:

September, 2008

September 30, 2008  4:45 PM

NPfIT Cerner: a user writes

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Gordon Caldwell, a UK consultant in endocrinology and diabetes, writes to the IT Projects blog about a few of the practicalities of trying to make Cerner work. He says that its use in hospitals may require extra staff (which is the experience of trusts so far). Cerner's software is due to be...

September 30, 2008  12:05 PM

BSkyB v EDS – a crucial judgement for IT industry?

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legal actions, Outsourcing

Is a promise or a prediction made by a supplier's sales team ever a representation? When is a representation, if that is what it is, ever a misrepresentation? If ever there is a misrepresentation, can it be held to be fraudulent if it is made thoughtlessly rather than deceitfully? What if...

September 29, 2008  6:00 AM

New Labour’s unlucky 13 IT projects

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HMRC, legal actions, NPfIT, Outsourcing, poor communications, spin, transparency and accountability

Now the Labour Party's conference, which was held in Manchester, is finished, I've looked at the lessons and what went wrong on 13 large, government IT-based projects and programmes:

September 22, 2008  2:30 PM

Patient dismay as medical data shared with council

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NPfIT, poor communications, privacy

After Elizabeth Dove saw her GP about suspected depression she was dismayed and angry to find that her sensitive NHS records were put on a database which was shared with staff at the local council.

But it was no mistake: Dove discovered that it is routine for the NHS to make medical...

September 19, 2008  11:37 AM

HMRC again threatens legal action against EDS

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HMRC, legal actions

When civil servants announced they had reached £71.25m settlement with IT services supplier EDS over problems with tax credits IT systems, they left out some...

September 17, 2008  2:37 PM

Quote of the week

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With his use of the language Paul Maritz would be, perhaps, pre-qualified for a top job at any of the large IT companies. He said: 

"The degree to which we can help our customers become more cloud like internally will actually enable them to federate more easily...

September 17, 2008  2:35 PM

Lib-dems’ Vince Cable: stop questionable IT projects

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The public sector is all too often "bloated, over-centralised, incompetent, and unaccountable", said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable in his keynote speech to the Liberal Democrat conference this week.

Cable is...

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September 17, 2008  12:53 PM

CSC’s talks over £3bn NPfIT contract re-set nearing end

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Negotiations between NHS Connecting for Health and CSC over revisions to £3bn worth of contracts under the NHS's National Programme for IT [NPfIT] are expected to be concluded in the next two weeks, we have learned.

The talks over a contract "re-set" had been expected to be concluded by...

September 17, 2008  11:42 AM

Sharing patient records – Whitehall consults

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NHS Connecting for Health begins a public consultation today on the extent to which medical details given by patients to GPs, clinics and hospitals should be shared with healthcare researchers and others.

The consultation is likely to highlight the divide between those who want...

September 15, 2008  7:20 AM

Cerner: some pros and cons

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NPfIT, Outsourcing

Below is a transcript of my interview with Andre Snoxall, e-record programme director at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which has broken away from the National Programme for IT [NPfIT]. The Trust is to implement Cerner systems from the

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