If the NHS National Project for IT is dismantled will IT innovation in hospitals thrive?

The NHS NPfIT has been one of the big talking points in IT for years. Biggest ever civil IT project ever apparently.

But has it held IT innovation back in hospitals? Are service providers just doing the minimum to meet the NHS targets, and failing in some cases.

I spoke to the CEO of a start up today. His company have just won a prestigious award for their technology. They make a BI type software that promises to improve the efficiency of hospitals processing patients.

The company, RealTime Health, already sells to two hospitals and the CEO thinks if the NHS wants to cut costs they could do so through this technology.

He told me:”A rolling back of the NHS National Programme for IT will benefit us because hospitals all over the country were holding back investment in their own IT initiatives.”