Ground rules for NHSIT success

The British Computer Society highlighted key issues that need to be tackled if the £2.3bn national programme for NHS IT is to be...

The British Computer Society highlighted key issues that need to be tackled if the £2.3bn national programme for NHS IT is to be successful.
  • Clinical ownership - obtaining the agreement of clinicians to use IT was seen as the most pivotal action for the NHS

  • Too stringent application of confidentiality rules on electronic patient records could limit clinician time available for individual patient care

  • Applying a uniform informatics blueprint throughout all NHS levels was viewed as imperative

  • Substantial investment was called for to further raise employee and public awareness of the positive implications of informatics investment.

A spokesman for the British Computer Society said the programme, if appropriately developed, would "fundamentally improve patient care in the NHS."

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