NPfIT - Care Records more than 4 years late

It has been widely reported that the Care Records Service, a key component of the National Programme for IT [NPfIT], is four years late. If credence is given to a ministerial statement to MPs in November 2002, the plan for integrated care records is actually running six years late.

On 7 Nov 2002, some months after the government formally launched the National Programme for IT,  Lord Laird asked the Government: what is the target date for the implementation of electronic patient records? 

The then Health Minister for the NPfIT, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, replied:

“The design and implementation of electronic patient records in England is provided for in Delivering 21st Century IT Support for the NHS, the updated information technology strategy for the National Health Service in England.

“This includes the introduction of Integrated Care Records Services (ICRS) which will enable all NHS organisations to have electronic records for all patients. The target date for full introduction of ICRS is 2008.”

The plan now is for the electronic Care Records Service to be fully implemented by 2014-15 at the earliest, which is six years behind the schedule announced by Lord Hunt in November 2002.

The reason for the discrepancy is that the 2010 target date was set after the 2008 date was found to be unachievable. And the 2008 date was set after the original date of 2005 had been found to be unachievable. 

Comment:

The target date for full implementation of the Care Records Service of 2014-15 may also prove unachievable unless trusts are given the decision as soon as possible to buy what they want and need from a range of accredited suppliers.

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Full Parliamentary question and answer

7 Nov 2002

                                   NHS: Electronic Patient Records

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty’s Government:

What is the target date for the implementation of electronic patient records in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The design and implementation of electronic patient records in England is provided for in Delivering 21st Century IT Support for the NHS, the updated information technology strategy for the National Health Service in England. This includes the introduction of Integrated Care Records Services (ICRS) which will enable all NHS organisations to have electronic records for all patients. The target date for full introduction of ICRS is 2008.

Information relating to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is a matter for the devolved administrations.

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