The amiable and knowledgeable Remon Gazal, IM&T director at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, spent his last day at the trust yesterday (20 September 2007). He said he was leaving to get married in Australia. He has not yet decided on his next job.
Computer Weekly interviewed him on his last day at the trust about the lessons learned from implementing in July 2007 the basic “Cerner R0” Millennium system from BT as part of the NHS’s £12.4bn National Programme for IT [NPfIT].
The go-live, which was strongly supported by the NPfIT and BT, brought some important benefits to the trust, such as real-time management of bed occupancy and also brought disruption for some patients. Workarounds have been developed for defects that continue to have an operational impact.
Barnet and Chase became the first trust in London to use the Cerner R0 patient administration system as part of the NPfIT.
My interview with Remon Gazal will be published as a separate blog entry.