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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 […]

Dismantling NHS IT computer scheme could cost more money

Dismantling Labour’s disastrous £12 billion NHS IT programme may cost taxpayers more than keeping it going.Ministers announced on Thursday that they will speed up the scrapping of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT)  after a review concluded “there can be no confidence that the programme has delivered or can be delivered as originally conceived”. It […]

NHS to abandon £12 billion IT project as a labour failure

The Department of Health should consider abandoning the disastrous £12 billion NPfIT project to computerise all patients’ medical records according to a powerful group of MPs.The integrated electronic care records system was a central part of Labour’s £12 billion National Programme for IT (NPfIT). The Public Accounts Committee says that although £2.7bn of taxpayers’ money […]

NHS patients’ medical data hacked

NHS patients face a potential security breach after computer hackers gained access to health service passwords. The group, which calls itself LulzSec, said that it had accessed a system that handles sensitive patient data. Last week it stole a million data records from a Sony website. It published an email showing that it had informed […]

Scrapping NHS IT project could cost more MPs warned

Scrapping the controversial and delayed NHS electronic records project could cost more than seeing it through to completion, a parliamentary committee has heard. The project to install electronic patient records systems at health trusts in the north and east of England and the Midlands is years behind schedule. The programme has been described as not […]

NHS £12 billion IT system is waste of money NAO still finds

NHS patients are getting “precious little” from the NHS electronic care records system in England, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found. The £7bn system to replace paper files is falling further behind schedule and in places where it has been introduced it is not working as it should. The National Audit Office also said […]

NHS misleads patients over sharing medical records with drug firms

A new NHS computer system that will share the medical history of millions of patients with drug companies without proper consent is under attack from privacy experts, who say it is misleading, risky and potentially illegal. The system, the Secondary Uses Service (SUS), is part of the NHS’s troubled National Programme for IT (NPfIT), and […]