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Life support turned off: NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death

NHS Direct is dead and England's health service was hoping few people would notice that it had moved the kill date forward five days for its "financially unsustainable" advice website. The 15-year-old service was supposed to limp on until the end of this month, but the NHS pulled the plug early. As of Wednesday morning, anyone …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2014
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Hunt's paperless future: NHS watches £60m vanish down plughole

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's grand scheme to make NHS England paperless by 2018 has suffered a significant spending blow after a £60m slice of a tech fund allocated for the system appeared to disappear. Details about the cash shortfall, first spotted by the Health Service Journal (subscription needed), were buried in an NHS …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 May 2014

NHS chiefs' claims exposed: GP-data-grab boss claimed fattest expenses of the lot

An evangelist for the state to extract and share private data made the largest claims of any NHS board member, according to information released under the Freedom of Information Act. "The highest individual bill was for Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information, who spent £46,000 during the year — including more …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2014

NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP

Hundreds of URLs on the NHS website have been flooded with malware by hackers and - at time of writing - it remains exposed. The security blunder was first spotted early this morning and an alert was posted on Reddit along with a list of 587 pages said to have been compromised on the www.nhs.uk site. The Register put calls in …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Feb 2014
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Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline

The Department of Health and Microsoft are thrashing out a one-year support deal for tens of thousands of NHS PCs running Windows XP. The agreement would give hospitals, trusts and GPs across England and Wales time to back away from Windows XP and implement a newer operating system. A deal would mean Microsoft continues to …
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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

Microsoft is playing hardball with the NHS, threatening trusts and authorities with drastically increased software payments over claimed licence violations. The tough talking comes more than a year after an organisational shift began across the NHS (April '13) saw some Primary Care Trusts and strategic health authorities …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2014
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NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

Microsoft is finding out that it doesn't always pay to play nasty with large government customers: NHS procurement bosses are telling authorities and bodies to hold firm against a wave of licensing compliance threats. As exclusively revealed by The Channel last week, Microsoft wrote to all 160 healthcare bodies across England in …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jul 2014
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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

NHS England patients who went to the trouble of opting themselves out of junk mail being crammed through their letterboxes did not receive the health service's recent leaflet about its data grab plan with GP medical records, it has been revealed. That's despite ministerial mutterings that implied that households across the …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Feb 2014

Wot a COCKUP: Poorly NHS websites spawn SPAMMY VIAGRA ads

It seems that organisations using the nhs.uk domain need a generous gulp of medicine and plenty of bed rest after an investigation of the health service's online estate uncovered what appeared to be a worrying hacking epidemic. The Register was alerted by reader David to the fact that a number of NHS websites - including some …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Feb 2014

NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

A mass mail out of leaflets providing information about NHS England's controversial medical records' plans are being fired off to households across the country from today. The government said in October it was spending £1m on the pamphlets that - as we've previously reported - might be easily mistaken for junk mail as they are …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jan 2014

NHS slammed for MAJOR data blunders as scale of patient info sell-off is revealed

The NHS struck four "data-sharing" deals with three re-insurance companies that allowed them access to patient information under agreements that don't expire until 2015 and 2016. That's among the shocking findings of a review of data released by the NHS Information Centre - the predecessor to the Health and Social Care …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jun 2014

Ill communication delays NHS England's GP data grab for six months

Despite little political appetite to attack the government's plans to share GP medical records - and with data already held by NHS England - the scheme has been delayed, after doctors expressed concerns about a lack of public awareness. Tim Kelsey, NHS England's national director for patients and information, insisted this …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Feb 2014
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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

NHS data chief Tim Kelsey admitted today that the health service had failed to adequately inform patients about how they can opt out of having their GP medical records shared throughout England. A leaflet carelessly posted out in among junk mail to 26.5 million households across the country was not "clear enough on the website …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Feb 2014

Sysadmins fail to fix NHS IT snafu, HUNDREDS of appointments cancelled

IT staff at the UK's largest health board have failed to fix a major system error that's cutting health workers off from clinical and administrative services. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) had to cancel 288 outpatient appointments yesterday along with four planned inpatient procedures, 23 day cases and 40 chemotherapy …

Care Bears... share: NHS England promises to heal careless data-sharing plans

NHS England is still reeling from accusations that the health service – among other things – allowed a consultancy outfit to pump sensitive patient data onto Google servers. Critics have argued that the apparently carefree and careless approach to sharing hospital records with private companies simply highlighted that a cautious …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Mar 2014

GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

The Tory-led government has failed to make a good case for its plans to share GP medical records with information that is already stored by NHS England, the Royal College of General Practitioners warned on Wednesday. Patients have, in turn, lost confidence in the so-called care.data scheme, said RCGP's honorary secretary …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Feb 2014

NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

NHS England's bosses and the government's health minister came under fire from MPs on Tuesday afternoon over the fudged and delayed plan to store patients' GP-held medical records with other data kept by hospitals in a centralised database. Tim Kelsey, the health service's patients and information national director, admitted to …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Feb 2014

NHS tears out its Oracle Spine in favour of open source

The UK government's quest to get public services to use more open source technologies seems to be taking hold, judging by the revamp of the NHS's very large Spine service. The upgrade from Spine to Spine2 will see the NHS shift the core of its main secure patient database and messaging platform from Oracle onto a bevy of open …
Jack Clark, 10 Oct 2013
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Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) and the NHS Information Centre are riding out a three-pronged privacy storm. The first privacy incident starts with this PA Consulting document titled “Placing the patient at the centre of healthcare: PA report on the future of healthcare.” On page eight, a section titled “The cloud can …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2014
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NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections

Vital safeguards for protecting patients' privacy when NHS England records are shared with companies were scrapped by peers on Wednesday night. A proposed tweak to the Care Bill, tabled by Lord Owen, would have brought in independent statutory oversight to better protect the handling of patient information across the health …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 May 2014

THOUSANDS of UK.gov Win XP PCs to face April hacker storm... including boxes at TAXMAN, NHS

Thousands of PCs at Britain’s biggest public sector bodies will miss Microsoft’s April deadline to abandon Windows XP before open season for hackers begins. HMRC and the NHS in England and Scotland will still be running thousands of systems using Windows XP after Microsoft turns off the support lifeline on 8 April. HMRC has 85, …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jan 2014

Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

Whitehall is negotiating a deal with Microsoft to prevent thousands of NHS computers from falling victim to hackers targeting Windows XP from April. The government and Microsoft are in talks to offer extended security support to NHS PCs running Windows XP that miss an 8 April deadline to ditch the OS. The Department of Health …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Feb 2014

UK.gov fines itself harshly for hurling NHS records to the winds

A defunct NHS board has been posthumously fined £200,000 after thousands of patients' records were found on a second-hand computer sold on eBay. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) slapped NHS Surrey with the fine because they failed to ensure that 3,000 records were wiped off a computer before it was flogged. A member …
Jasper Hamill, 15 Jul 2013
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Total cost of that axed NHS IT FIASCO to taxpayers: £10.1bn

The shambolic nationwide NHS patient record computer system, abandoned by Whitehall in 2011, will ultimately cost UK taxpayers a staggering £10.1bn. US-headquartered Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), alongside UK telecoms giant BT, failed to fully implement the massive project, sparking widespread derision before the plug was …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Aug 2013
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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

Pressure is mounting on NHS England to stall its incoming data grab of GP-stored medical records, after another health body said that the government needed to improve public awareness of the controversial scheme. A stronger campaign was demanded from top doctors at the British Medical Association on Monday. The care.data plan …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Feb 2014

Dodgy Kaspersky update borks THOUSANDS of NHS computers

A misfiring antivirus update from Kaspersky Lab "effectively levelled several networks" last months including systems at Britain's NHS, The Register has learned. A Kaspersky update released on 25 October falsely classified a Windows system file, specifically tcpip.sys, as malign and quarantined it. The procedure left Windows PCs …
John Leyden, 07 Nov 2013
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Scottish NHS bosses say soz after 2-day IT ballsup scrubs 700 appointments

A Scottish health board has issued a grovelling apology to the hundreds of patients whose appointments were cancelled due to an embarrassing system error. Although NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) has now fixed the "unprecedented" fault, some 709 appointments bit the dust. The issue started on Tuesday and was only resolved …
Jasper Hamill, 04 Oct 2013

NHS preps spammy mailshots advertising 'BIGGEST medical data grab in HISTORY'

GPs will no longer carry the sole burden of telling patients that their medical records will be shared across the NHS, after it was confirmed today that millions of households in England will receive a leaflet explaining the controversial plan. NHS England has splurged £1m on what one critic described as a junk mail drop, which …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Oct 2013

Hunt's 'paperless', data-pimping NHS plan gets another £240m

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed this week that Whitehall had slapped a further £240m on the pile of taxpayer cash needed for his grand plan to store and process medical records digitally. That means the government has now set aside £500m – which is expected to be matched by local health and care trusts to make up a total …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Sep 2013
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Hunt: I'll barcode sick Brits and rip up NHS's paper prescriptions

UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to tear up the NHS's clumsy system of printed prescriptions - and instead use "unique barcodes" to dish out medication straight to the poorly. Under the proposals to hopefully reduce human error, paperwork listing medicines and drugs will be sent directly from doctors' surgeries to …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 May 2013

English reseller scoops ENTIRE NHS Scotland software gig

Trustmarque has scooped a software and services contract with the NHS National Services Scotland in a framework estimated to be worth north of £20m. Under the terms of the deal, all health trusts in the country can buy software and software asset management services from the York-based reseller. Mark Garrity, regional sales …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2012
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Caldicott: NHS workers should 'have the confidence to share information'

Dame Fiona Caldicott, who is scrutinising the government's plan to hand NHS patient records to private companies, today gave the proposals the thumbs-up - with a few caveats, naturally. The noted psychiatrist's review [PDF] of the data-sharing scheme was published just minutes ago. Her report, drafted in March, follows Health …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Apr 2013
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Hunt on NHS data sharing: Obviously we HAVE TO let people opt out

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt insisted this morning that NHS patients who have refused to give consent to existing data-sharing mechanisms would be safeguarded under the government's new plans to open up information across the service. The Cabinet minister confirmed to The Register that the 750,000 patients throughout England who …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Apr 2013
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NHS IT bods 'walk out' in pay row with crashed UK tech giant 2e2

A number of contractors from collapsed UK tech giant 2e2 refused to turn up for work in NHS IT today after their January pay was withheld, it is claimed. Debt-crippled 2e2 Group went into administration this week and put staff wages under "review", but its new handlers assured health service bosses that hospitals are a top …
Paul Kunert, 31 Jan 2013
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NHS trust: Not buying through NHS IT saved us £7m

A direct tender has enabled Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS foundation trust to purchase a patient records system at a cost more than £7m below the price paid by the Department of Health (DH). "We set a capped limit for cost and we introduced this rate at the start of the project," Jane Berenzynskyj, Caerus project manager, …
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Health Dept teases suppliers with mega NHS systems cash windfall

The Department of Health has issued a pre-tender for a framework agreement contract to provide an electronic staff record system and pension scheme administration services. Suppliers will be bidding for a lucrative contract beginning in 2014. A notice in the Official Journal of the European Union indicates that there will be a …
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Department of Health tests online NHS 111 helpline

The Department of Health is trialling an NHS 111 online service as part of a plan to provide a service to complement locally driven telephone services. The department plans to have rolled out the 111 helpline by April 2013. It is supposed to replace NHS Direct as the first port of call for patients with urgent, but not life- …
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Windows 7 overruns NHS Scotland

NHS Scotland has snubbed open source alternatives to re-engage with Microsoft after signing an Enterprise Agreement covering the deployment of Windows 7 on nearly 100,000 desktops. The three year contract penned this summer is estimated to be worth around £5m in total with 17 of the 22 health boards in Scotland signing up. The …
Paul Kunert, 08 Oct 2012
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Here we go again: New NHS patient database plan sets off alarm bells

A paperless NHS that stores patient records in the cloud will be floated by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today. His plan to get medical files into a giant database by 2018 is already stoking fears given the public sector's poor record of protecting sensitive information. Hunt will claim in a speech to right-wing think tank …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jan 2013
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'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

Prime Minister David Cameron is to announce plans for the NHS to create a massive database of patients' DNA, which experts have advised could lead to massive health benefits and advances in medical technology. However the creation of such a database has obvious and far reaching privacy implications. In an attempt to address such …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2012

CSC boss post-NHS IT flop, Ford CEO 'pitched' as the next Steve Ballmer

Three top Microsoft shareholders have apparently recommended the CEOs of car-maker Ford and IT giant CSC as possible replacements for chief exec Steve Ballmer - because both bosses are in the middle of trying to turn around their companies' fortunes. It's claimed the three investors want the Microsoft board to consider Ford …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Sep 2013
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CSC pockets £68m in truce over NHS patient database fiasco

CSC and the UK government have reached a truce over the company's central patient database cock-up: both sides have agreed to a more flexible contract until 2016 and to shelve any potential litigation. The corporation and the Department of Health (DoH) have been at the negotiating table for months now over the bungled delivery …
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2012
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NHS farms out £125m deal for hardware, medical tech

A framework for the supply and maintenance of NHS IT hardware and services with an estimated value of between £45m and £125m is being set up by NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative and NHS Shared Business Services. The deal will include the delivery of desktop computers and peripherals, laptops and touchscreen monitors, as …
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NHS Trust ditches in-house servers, chucks 15TB into the cloud

NHS Trust Mersey Care is trying to eke out 15 per cent cost savings by ditching its in-house server farm in favour of SCC's OptimiseCloud platform. Mersey is the first NHS Trust in England to jump into the cloud, and is one of nine under the guidance of Informatics Merseyside, a central buying agency which signed a cloud …
Paul Kunert, 23 Nov 2012
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NHS care.data leaflet shovage: Like a 'notice for Earth's demolition' posted to Alpha Centauri

This was the week when Google advised its tech spec-wearing minions not to be "Glassholes". That's right, the Chocolate Factory has simultaneously caved in to the zinginess of the moniker for those sporting Google Glass and made the term that much less cool... Of course, the Choc Factory's marketing folk were a being a little …
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Another NHS trust coughs up £90k fine for lax fax acts

The taxpayer-backed NHS has suffered another fine from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for outing patients' private information to the wrong people. The Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust was slapped with a £90,000 ($142,000) penalty after the "serious breach of the Data Protection Act" that saw the trust …

Why hacking and platforms are the future of NHS IT

Apart from those who have a commercial vested interest does anyone still believe in large top-down centrally architected IT solutions? Public sector IT in the UK is littered with expensive white elephants, and it sometimes seems as if the only beneficiaries are the large IT contractors, who can threaten significant job losses or …
Richard Veryard, 16 Apr 2013
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New NHS chieftains put docs' software bill on their tab

The NHS Commissioning Board will continue to pump cash into the GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) scheme, which funds approved clinical software for doctors - adding to the list of erstwhile National Programme for IT projects that it will maintain centrally. The board, which will take responsibility for running the NHS in England …
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Medical scan record that the NHS says will cost £2k to retrieve: Detail

A hospital trust says it will cost the NHS £2,000 to dig out a copy of a patient's ultrasound scan of his heart and hand it over to him. The steep bill is, we're told, due to the data being held on a magneto-optical disc, and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust would need to fly in kit from America to access it. The figure …
Anna Leach, 08 Nov 2012

NHS IT blunder biz CSC wilts as profit bleeds, costs staunched

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), which bungled building a central patient database for the NHS, suffered a 78 per cent drop in profits year-on-year in its last quarter. CSC reported a net income of $42m for Q1 of fiscal year 2013 [PDF], down from $185m banked in the same period last year. Revenue stayed roughly the same as …
Anna Leach, 10 Aug 2012