Tuesday, September 19, 2006

NHS IT systems: going awfully well...

Computer Weekly reports that:

More than 110 "major incidents" have hit hospitals across England in the past four months, after parts of the health service went live with systems supplied under the £12.4bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT) in the NHS

...the systems installed so far are basic early releases which have only a small number of the planned features. Most safety-­related clinical systems, such as the e-ordering of test results and the prescribing of drugs, which will generate the bulk of transactions, have yet to be implemented. Once they are, "major incidents" could potentially affect many more patients than those that have hit the NHS this summer.

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