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NHS health data sharing project scrapped

The Department of Health in England is scrapping its controversial data sharing project – known as Care.data. The programme, which was due to launch in 2014, faced widespread criticism – including fears the public had been left in the dark about it. The announcement comes as Dame Fiona Caldicott and the Care Quality Commission published […]

NHS 111 phone number raises safety concerns

Doctors are questioning the safety of a new non emergency NHS 111 phone number sparks concern.The 111 service, replacing NHS Direct, is being piloted in some areas ahead of a nationwide launch but has proved problematic, with some callers left on hold for hours. Dr Laurence Buckman, the British Medical Association’s GP committee chair, says […]

A paperless NHS would save billions

Further to the Health Direct post of yesterday: Health Secretary wants to cut nurses’ paperwork by third the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants the NHS to be paperless by 2018 – a move which a report says could help save the National Health Service billions of pounds a year.In a speech, Mr Hunt said that […]

UK patients will access their NHS records online in three years

NHS patients will be able to access to their NHS records online in the next three years under plans to be announced by the Government.Doctors’ surgeries will have to set up services to allow anyone to see their health files, book appointments and order repeat prescriptions on the internet. People will also be given detailed […]

Viruses and bugs widespread in NHS medical technology

NHS medical technology has been found to be infected by computer viruses and malware according to  health and security experts.They fear that the virus infections could become so severe that a patient may end up getting harmed. Many out dated computer systems which were not able to be changed were to blame for the vulnerabilities, […]

Medical and social security records being stored unlawfully and inappropriately accessed

Medical and social security records kept by public bodies are being unlawfully or inappropriately accessed dozens of times a month and hundreds of civil servants disciplined for data offences, according to Government records.Staff at the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) are being reprimanded at a rate of nearly five per day for breach of […]

Health Direct website for NHS patients booking doctor appointments online

NHS patients will be able to book GP appointments online and get test results online within three years from a new health direct website.The moves are part of a new Information Strategy designed to “take the hassle out of the health service”. Online communications between patients and their doctors is already happening in some places. […]

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 […]

NHS computer disaster to cost another £2 billion

A US company contracted to provide IT technology for the National Health Service is set to receive a £2 billion extension despite the failed project being abandoned.Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) has reportedly informed Wall Street that it expects its contract to provide electronic patient records across the NHS to be extended. Taxpayers are now facing […]

Controversial NHS medical records database is to be open to all

The controversial NHS medical records database system would allow patients to check their medical documents online and raise any inaccuracies or problems with their doctor, however concerns have been raised over the security.The announcement was buried in documents released with the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement ahead of the results of a public consultation due to be […]