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IT firm behind unworkable NHS database keeps IT deal

Ministers have agreed to give the American company responsible for the “unworkable” NHS database NPfIT almost £1 billion in health contracts, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The National Audit Office criticised the NPfIT NHS database project for being poor value for money, patchy and long overdue. Computer Sciences Corporation, (CSC) an American IT firm, previously […]

Major NHS websites suffer lack of awareness

A new study to better understand what prevents people from using information technology to help them manage their health and care has found that few people have even heard of the three major NHS health information websites. The study commissioned by Connecting for Health, looked at how social groups who may be excluded from electronic […]

NHS spent £500 million on management consultants with Labour links

The Department of Health has spent almost £500 million on management consultants, including deals with firms which have hired senior Labour figures and high ranking civil servants.The disclosure of more than 100 contracts worth a total of £470 million last night engulfed the labour Government in accusations of “cronyism”. Among those recruited by the favoured […]

NHS continues Connecting for Health medical database- despite promises

The NHS’s Connecting for Health CfH, NPfIT continues to push forward its plan to nationalise and centralise all medical records in England. This despite a misleading announcement from the Department of Health that uploads to the Summary Care Record (SCR) aka Snoopers Charter are ‘on hold’. In just the last few days, the medical press […]

NHS scaring patients into accepting electronic records database

The NHS has been accused of scaring patients into agreeing to have their personal information included on the controversial NPfIT electronic records database. The agency charged with rolling out the new system is warning of “adverse consequences” if people choose to opt out of the computerised network, which has been criticised as chaotic by doctors. […]

NHS sends your confidential patient records to India

The NHS is sending millions of patient records and confidential medical notes to India for processing — despite a pledge by Labour that personal information would not be sent overseas. It is the first time that databases of names, addresses and NHS numbers of patients have been sent abroad, along with private information about medical […]

NHS worst for data breaches says Information Commissioner

The NHS reported the highest number of serious data breaches of any UK organisation since the end of 2007, the Information Commissioner’s Office says. David Smith, deputy commissioner at the ICO told the Infosec security conference the NHS had highlighted 287 breaches to it in the period. That accounts for more than 30% of the […]