Simon Dye who runs a website, Health Direct, is “appalled” at the cost and lack of progress of the NPfIT. His very short critique is based, in part, on some Parliamentary answers earlier this month, of which this is one:
Asked by former NPfIT minister Lord Warner: “… how many (a) acute trusts, (b) mental health trusts, (c) general practitioners, and (d) community services, are using an electronic summary patient record under the NHS National Programme for IT.
Baroness Thornton: As at 16 December 2009, two acute trusts, one mental health trust, 152 general practitioner practices, and additionally three out-of-hours providers and two walk-in centres were using electronic summary care records delivered under the national
programme for information technology.No community trusts were doing so.”
Health Direct – Labour’s “success” in wasting money
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