Sunday, June 25, 2006

Fears over faults in NHS patient records system

The NHS IT programme is now having such problems that it is causing "clinical risk," according to one of their own staff:

Industry sources familiar with the project told The Observer that the problems have seen many hospitals or trusts postpone the system's implementation. Just 12 of England's 176 major hospitals have implemented even the most basic part of the new system which electronically books patient appointments with specialist consultants - despite the fact 104 had agreed to have it operating by April. Furthermore, not one NHS trust or hospital in England has implemented the second phase of the system, which will allow doctors to order clinical services such as blood tests or X-rays electronically - contrary to the Department of Health's planned timetable.

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