Whitehall clarifies NPfIT Lorenzo timetable

The Department of Health has asked me to correct the impression that the NHS CIO Christine Connelly expects a full implementation of the NPfIT Lorenzo system in an acute trust by November this year.

It says that Connelly expects Lorenzo to be fully implemented in a trust, not necessarily acute, by November and well on track for a March 2010 implementation in an acute trust.

In an article earlier this week I quoted from Financial Times which had reported on its interview with Connelly.

Now the Department says in an email to me that it wants to “correct a misunderstanding about what ‘significant progress’ means in terms of implementing Lorenzo”. It added: 

“Understandably, given you were not at Harrogate [HC2009] yesterday, you used the FT report to inform the blog.  However, it was inaccurate in relation to expectations on Lorenzo as it suggested we are expecting a full implementation in an acute trust by November this year. 

Christine Connelly made clear in her speech and media briefing yesterday that we expect Lorenzo to be fully implemented in a trust, not necessarily acute, by November and well on track for a March 2010 implementation in an acute trust.”

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