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January 21, 2009  12:50 PM

Interview with CEO of NPfIT “break-away” trust

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
CSC, EHR, EPR, lorenzo, NPfIT, openness

Below is the result of my interview with Brian James, Chief Executive of Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, which is shortly to buy its main hospital e-record systems outside of the NHS's...

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May 13, 2008  9:24 AM

Identity and Passport Service cancels £11m web passport system

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, EPA2, IPS, openness, Project management

The Identity and Passport Service [IPS] has cancelled an overly complicated replacement online passport applications system after rising costs and glitches which led to about 5,000 applications becoming stuck in the system. The IPS told Computer Weekly that it has written of £10.9m in development...

April 4, 2008  12:17 PM

Tory policy on government IT, open source and openness

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, Government IT, NPfIT, Open source, openness, over-optimism

Conservative leader David Cameron has outlined his party’s IT strategy for government saying there would be a “level playing field for open source software in IT procurement” and no room for projects like the hubristic NHS...

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March 12, 2008  12:50 PM

BBC R4’s “Today” and the High Court case over ID Card Gateway reviews

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
FOI, ID cards, NAO, OGC, openness

BBC Radio 4's Today programme broadcast an item this week [10 March 2008 - 6.50am] on our article about the...

February 26, 2008  5:25 PM

Chip and pin flaws – are security evaluations robust?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
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.

October 3, 2007  7:00 AM

National Audit Office – the murky “clearance” process

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, complacency, HMRC, incompetence, IT projects, NAO, NPfIT, openness, Project management

GP Mary Hawking has commented on an important point made in the Channel 4 "Dispatches" programme about the murky "clearance" process by which the public spending watchdog, the National Audit...

September 3, 2007  8:47 AM

ID card new contracts – genuinely innovative?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, FOI, ID cards, NPfIT, openness, over-optimism

Comment On 9 August 2007, BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight posed the question on ID cards ‘can this project come in on time and under budget’ on the day that the government invited companies to bid for the project...

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August 28, 2007  9:04 AM

NPfIT and the Downing Street papers: for and against publishing them

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
FOI, incompetence, NPfIT, openness

On 21 August a posting on this blog referred to a decision of the Information Commissioner Richard Thomas to order the disclosure of “sensitive” papers about a meeting at Downing Street...

August 21, 2007  9:50 AM

Sensitive Downing Street papers on the NHS’s National Programme for IT [NPfIT] may be released

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
FOI, ID cards, incompetence, NPfIT, openness

The Information Commissioner Richard Thomas has ordered the disclosure of “highly sensitive” papers about a meeting at Downing Street which led to the launch of the UK’s largest IT-based project, the £12.4bn NHS national programme. The ruling is a breakthrough in favour of openness over how...

August 14, 2007  1:30 PM

The future of the NHS’s £12.4bn National Programme for IT looks hazy – analysis

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, NPfIT, openness, Project management

In London in May 2007 a senior health official gave an assurance – of sorts – about the future of the NHS’s £12.4bn National Programme for IT [NPfIT]. Andy Burn, head of IM&T planning at NHS Connecting for Health, which runs much of the NPfIT, told the government IT summit: . “It...

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