NHS will to adopt six-year-old software, warns analyst group

The NHS is poised to roll out software first launched in 2000, instead of the latest technology, according to an independent analyst group.

The NHS is poised to roll out software first launched in 2000, instead of the latest technology, according to an independent analyst group.

Mike Davis, senior research analyst at Butler Group, said that iSoft, a software supplier of hospital systems in three of the five NHS clusters nationally, will be implementing systems developed six years ago.

Davis said the current offering for UK hospitals through local service providers to the £6.2bn national programme for IT is i.Patient Manager, formerly called PiMS.

Although it is a tried-and-tested product, he said there had been many complaints from NHS Trusts that the current functionality is too generic.

“In fact, a long-term user of PiMS is reported as stating ‘it [PiMS] is only now at the standard we were told it would be in 2000’.”

In January, iSoft said its revenue would be £55m below expectations because of delays to the NHS programme.

The programme, run by NHS agency Connecting for Health, is the largest civil IT programme in the world and aims to deliver 50 million electronic health records for citizens across England.

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