Public Sector IT:

February, 2009

February 27, 2009  11:55 AM

Top 3 lessons from project leaders

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Project management

The three main personal lessons learned from project leaders: keep a sense of humour, a backup plan for the unexpected and a focus on the future


February 27, 2009  6:00 AM

More NPfIT Lorenzo delays?

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A demonstration of CSC/IBA Health's Lorenzo system was held on 6 November last year at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The local primary care trust reports that:

"... There remains to be a significant amount of development work to be completed in order for...

February 26, 2009  4:10 PM

Tribunal ruling politely ridicules the OGC

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Project management, transparency and accountability

The wording of the ruling by the Information Tribunal that two early gateway reviews on the ID Cards scheme should be published makes the Office of Government Commerce look foolish.

The Tribunal found, for instance, that the OGC had fielded several (very senior) witnesses, and...

February 26, 2009  6:00 AM

Exemplar NPfIT site in US “endangers patients”

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Reports in the US say that software glitches have endangered patients at the Veterans' Association.

The reports illustrate why e-record systems should be categorised, like some medical equipment, as safety-critical systems....

February 25, 2009  5:30 PM

ID Cards insider: scheme is “largest , most complex and sensitive undertaking in Government”

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database state, IT and security, privacy

When they were planning for ID Cards, executives at the Identity and Passport Service thought it a good idea to use the DWP's Oracle-based Customer Information System to store the biometrics part of the National Identity Register.

It avoided the costs, complexities, and risks of failure...

February 25, 2009  2:55 PM

Top tips for project managers?

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Project management

Below is a compilation of project management truisms. Some have been around years; a few are my own concoctions - the result of researching and reporting on countless IT projects and programmes.


1. Projects with realistic budgets and...

February 23, 2009  1:00 PM

OGC loses FOI ID Cards battle – does it care?

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government and PR, legal actions, spin, transparency and accountability

The BBC reports that "ministers have been ordered to publish two reviews into the controversial ID Cards scheme after a four-year Freedom of Information Battle".

This is true. But the BBC doesn't mention that the two...

February 11, 2009  2:05 PM

E-records may be banana skin for Obama – SCR expert

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Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, University College London, has given a less than ringing endorsement of plans in the US and UK for a national database of health records.  

Greenhalgh was one of the

February 11, 2009  1:45 PM

Summary Care Record opt out – some challenges

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Health officials want to dissuade patients from opting out of the Summary Care Record, but are unsure how to go about it.

If too many patients opt out of a national database of summary health records clinicians may not trouble themselves to use it - and

February 11, 2009  12:50 PM

BT relief as NPfIT roll-outs in London due to resume

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NPfIT, Outsourcing

Roll-outs in the London area of the Cerner LC1 Millennium Care Records Service are due to resume, Computer Weekly has learned.

The resumption makes it less likely...

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