NPfIT problems exaggerated says iSoft CEO

“We’re light years ahead of where they were five years ago” said iSoft’s Gary Cohen, speaking in Auckland, New Zealand.

He was referring to the NHS’s IT scheme in the context of the “opportunity for New Zealand to have a national health record that is totally interoperable.”

His comments were reported today [20 August 2009] by Computerworld, New Zealand.

He said:

“Over the next one to two years, we will see a major transformation … It’s a very political process. It’s not true that it [the NPfIT] hasn’t delivered.”

Lorenzo as an interoperable NPIT product in health communities in the UK has yet to be rolled out. Cohen’s comments are an example of the optimism which has characterised the NPfIT from its outset in 2002.

Lorenzo release 1.0 is in use in a small part of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay, South Birmingham Primary Care Trust, where it is being used by some podiatrists, and at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where it is being used for radiology results and requests in an orthopaedic clinic. It’s also used at  Hereford PCT and Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust. 

Report of iSoft CEO’s comments – Computerworld, New Zealand

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