NPfIT - similar flaws to NHS IT strategies in as in 1992 and 1998?

The National Audit Office in a report on the NHS’s IT strategies of 1992 and 1998 made the worthwhile points that:

– the “objectives and targets should be made specific and measurable if they are to be useful in monitoring expenditure and achievements”

– there should be clearer plans for evaluation of the Strategy.

In 2002 there was a third IT strategy, the NHS’s National Programme for IT [NPfIT]. The same mistakes have been repeated: no clear objectives and targets which are specific and measurable and no clear plans for evaluating the strategy.

Plus ca change.


Links:

National Audit Office report on the 1992 and 1998 Information Management & Technology Strategies of the NHS Executive [then part of the Department of Health]

Managing an IS project – including the importance of clear objectives

Project Management demystified – Geoff Reiss book

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