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Spy chiefs plot £12bn IT spree for comms überdatabase

Billions of pounds of public money will soon be up for grabs for private IT contractors ready to serve the Interception Modernisation Programme - UK spy chiefs' plan to store details of every call, email, text and web browsing session. And The Register has learned that one plugged-in firm is better poised than most to profit …
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Hospital staff use paper to wipe up NHS IT mess

An internal report on the introduction of patient care records at the Royal Free Hampstead reveals serious problems with the project, and no current date for solving them. Hampstead was one of the first hospitals to switch on the new system, which is being rolled out across the country. But the Lessons Learnt from the Royal …
John Oates, 6 Oct 2008

Fujitsu wants NHS exit payment

Fujitsu Services has submitted a claim for payment to the NHS, following its sacking in May from the National Programme for IT. A spokesperson for the firm refused to confirm or deny a claim in the Independent that the vendor is asking for £700m of the £896m it was due to have been paid if the ten year contract had been …
Kablenet, 2 Sep 2008
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Govt persuades two people to share worst job in IT

The government has found two people to run the struggling NHS IT programme - the National Programme for IT. The world's largest non-military technology project has been without a permanent boss since the departure of Richard Granger in January. Interim boss Matthew Swindells left the post in April. NPfIT is expected to cost at …
John Oates, 8 Aug 2008
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NHS IT: what went wrong, what will go wrong

This week Fujitsu pulled out of the £12.7bn National Programme for IT - the government's enormous project to introduce national patient records for NHS patients leaving BT, CSC and iSoft still involved. How bad must things be for a company to walk away from just under £1bn of government money? And why are we writing yet …
John Oates, 30 May 2008
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NHS IT loses key contractor

The NHS patient care record project has suffered another serious setback - key contractor Fujitsu is ending any involvement in the scheme. The National Programme for IT, NPfIT, is already four years late and over budget and losing Fujitsu is unlikely to help. Estimated costs for the whole project have risen to £12.7bn. Fujitsu …
John Oates, 29 May 2008
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NHS IT four years late and over budget

The NHS IT project, one of the world's largest public sector IT programmes, is already four years late. Parts of the project are progressing well and some savings have already been seen but Summary Care Records, a key part of the project, are now unlikely to be widely rolled out until 2014 or 2015, rather than the original …
John Oates, 16 May 2008
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CSC details iSoft objections

CSC insists its blocking of the takeover of key health provider iSoft is in the best interests of the "successful delivery of the NHS National Programme for IT". The company says it carried out due diligence on the impact of IBA's takeover of iSoft on the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) and decided to vote against the plan …
John Oates, 30 May 2007
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iSoft rescue package in jeopardy

Sickly NHS provider iSoft was predicted to make a full recovery - thanks to a takeover bid from Aussie company IBA Health. But CSC, the main contractor company responsible for getting iSoft products running in the NHS, has objected to the deal. iSoft and CSC have a memorandum of understanding that gives CSC the right to veto …
John Oates, 29 May 2007
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NHS completes London roll out of Pacs

Digital x-ray archiving is live across London's hospitals and will cover the rest of England by next year. The Department of Health has announced that the digital Picture Archiving and Communications System (Pacs), a key part of the NHS National Programme for IT, has gone live in every hospital trust in London and will be …
Kablenet, 23 May 2007
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NHS staff bemoan NPfIT problems

NHS staff believe that financial deficits and poor communication are hindering implementation of England's National Programme for IT (NPfIT), according to a new study. Led by King's College London and published in the the British Medical Journal, the study also says that continuing delays could constitute a growing risk to …
Kablenet, 17 May 2007
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Aussie bid for iSoft approved

The board at peaky NHS software provider iSoft has approved an offer to buy the firm by Australian healthcare specialist IBA. The deal values iSoft at 58.1 pence per share, about £140m total. Because of its role in the trouble National Programme for IT, iSoft needs sign-off from the NHS as well as investors. Chairman John …
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Aussies make offer for iSoft

iSoft shares are up over six per cent this morning on news that it could be taken over by Australian health specialist IBA Healthcare. IBA has suspended dealing in its own shares on the Australian Securities Exchange while the company talks to investors about raising funds to pay for the takeover. iSoft confirmed in February …
John Oates, 8 May 2007

iSoft CTO quits

Troubled healthcare provider iSoft is saying goodbye to Ravi Kumar, its chief technology officer. Kumar leaves by mutual consent and trousers a £250,000 payoff plus benefits, according to The Times. A statement on iSoft's website says Kumar will not be replaced because the company is focusing on "product delivery for the …
John Oates, 4 May 2007

Sickly NHS provider still seeking saviour

Troubled health provider iSoft says it is in the advanced stages of talks which may lead to its sale. But iSoft's role in the government's attempt to change NHS IT systems - the National Programme for IT - has made discussions more difficult. The statement said: "These options include discussions with several external …
John Oates, 30 Apr 2007
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MPs warned about e-health records

The government has been accused of ignoring concerns about the privacy of the NHS e-care record. Contributors to a hearing of Parliament's Health Select Committee on 26 April 2007 claimed the government is pressuring patients for their information to be included on the Care Record Service. One claimed that the Department of …
Kablenet, 27 Apr 2007
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DoH's latest d'oh!

The Department of Health (DoH) has apologised for its latest IT blunder - publishing private details of applicants for junior doctor posts on an unsecured website. The Medical Training Applications Service (MTAS) is the computerised HR system for students and junior doctors. But applicants for the foundation course - the first …
John Oates, 26 Apr 2007
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NPfIT condemned in MPs' scathing report

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has issued a damning report into the NHS's overdue and over budget National Programme for IT (NPfIT). The group of MPs conclude that the system is late, suppliers are struggling to deliver, medical staff are sceptical of the entire project, and there is still no clear idea of how much it will …
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Apr 2007

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