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January 30, 2007  2:18 PM

Smartcard sharing – a breach of IT security or a way around slow access to NHS Care Records?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, IT projects, IT security, NPfIT, Project management, Smartcards

If NHS security breaches, for practical reasons, occur when there is a database of health records on 50 million people in England, how much trust can be put in the integrity of new national systems? Or perhaps top notch security is less important than making it easy for doctors to access a...

January 11, 2007  1:37 PM

Lord Hunt – a good choice of minister in charge of the NHS’s National Programme for IT?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, NPfIT

Lord Hunt’s return to the Department of Health, where he will replace Lord Warner who had responsibility for the NHS’s National Programme for IT [NPfIT], has advantages and disadvantages.


December 19, 2006  9:05 AM

Why NHS IT matters

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, NPfIT, Project management

In an article in Computer Weekly today - 19 December 2006 - we argue why the NHS's National Programme for IT [NPfIT] matters.


December 15, 2006  10:38 AM

Lord Warner well-briefed on the NPfIT before retirement decision

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, NPfIT

I have a footnote to Downing Street’s announcement that the health minister Lord Warner – the minister in charge of the NHS’s National Programme for IT [NPfIT] – is retiring this month, December 2006. Only three ago, in November...


December 14, 2006  10:57 AM

Lord Warner, minister in charge of the NHS’s National Programme for IT “retires”.

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, NPfIT

The retirement of Lord Warner - the minister responsible for the National Programme for IT [NPfiT] in the NHS - is no surprise but it is still unwelcome news. This blog reported –


November 29, 2006  9:40 AM

Mysterious deaths, freedom of information, Marconi and the Ministry of Defence

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, FOI

Under the Freedom of Information [FOI] Act publicly-funded organisations have 20 working days to answer or notify the applicant if they need more time to answer. Some organisations with well managed records answer more quickly than others but none has been quite as slow as the Ministry of Defence....


November 28, 2006  9:36 PM

Brave minister Lord Warner sees £12bn NPfIT NHS plan at first hand

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, NPfIT

When the health minister Lord Warner wanted to see first-hand the success of the National Programme for IT [NPfIT] he ended up, with the help of officials, at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. It seemed a safe bet – or should have been.


November 28, 2006  6:55 PM

How the Health Committee took decision to hold NHS NPfIT inquiry

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, NPfIT

We reveal today (Tuesday 28 November 2006) that the Health Committee has decided to hold an inquiry into key facets of the National Programme for IT [NPfIT]. Two MPs on the...


November 28, 2006  5:37 PM

Are briefings to ministers on the NPfIT optimistic?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, NPfIT, over-optimism, Project management

Coverage of the NHS’s National Programme for IT [NPfIT] in Computer Weekly was mentioned recently to Patricia Hewitt, the Secretary of State for Health. Hewitt dismissed our coverage as unhelpful. As a former research director at Andersen Consulting, later Accenture, Hewitt will want to take in...


November 28, 2006  3:19 PM

Churchill’s world speech on IT projects?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, over-optimism, Project management

With remarkable prescience, candour and realism Winston Churchill announced to the world in a BBC broadcast in the first month of the Second World War, 1 October 1939, that “Directions have been given by the government for a war lasting at least 3 years.” If Churchill’s speech had been...


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