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NHS could have 'fended off' WannaCry by taking 'simple steps' – report

The UK health service could have fended off WannaCry "if only it had taken simple steps to protect its computers", but failed to heed warnings about falling victim to a cyber attack a full year before that incident happened. This was among the findings of an investigation by Blighty's National Audit Office, which today …
Kat Hall, 27 Oct 2017
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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.gov's minimum booze price dream demolished

Economists at the Office of Fair Trading have quietly demolished the UK government's case for minimum alcohol pricing. Minimum pricing regulations are likely to see more booze sold than ever, they predict, contrary to the government's desire to curtail alcohol consumption. Profiteering is also likely, with higher alcohol …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2012
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Capita and pals get £500m for ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE call centre

The Department of Health (DH) has awarded a framework agreement to four suppliers for health-related managed contact centre services, worth up to £500m. Capita Customer Management, 118, Vangent and MM Teleperformance have been named as the chosen suppliers. According to a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union, …
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Health dept puts off NHS 111 helpline roll-out for 6 months

The government has extended the deadline for the roll-out of NHS 111 to make sure areas have enough time to plan for the service. The announcement follows criticism of 111 by the British Medical Association and other unions, as well as pressure from clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and private firms. In a letter to CCGs ( …
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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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NHS axes HealthSpace: 'Just too difficult' to use

The Department of Health has confirmed that HealthSpace, NHS patients' personal health records organiser, will close by March 2013. It follows a speech this week by Dr Charles Gutteridge, national clinical director for informatics at the Department of Health, at the Westminister Health Forum in London. Gutteridge said in the …
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NHS strikes new deal with CSC for electronic patient records

CSC and the Department of Health look to have concluded negotiations around the future of its Lorenzo system in the NHS. A revised deal announced by CSC will see the US-based firm deliver additional implementations of the Lorenzo electronic patient records system beyond the 10 have already been rolled out, with "options for …
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Patients to access NHS records via web by 2015

The Department of Health will develop a plan to allow patients to access their electronic medical records online by the end of this Parliament. This emerged after Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, confirmed he had accepted all of the recommendations (PDF) of the NHS Future Forum. The NHS Future Forum says the plan should …
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Taxpayers to cough more for multi-billion pound failed NHS IT project

A contract extension costing the taxpayer up to £2bn has reportedly been granted to Computer Sciences Corporation, even though the botched NHS IT project the American company had been working on was axed by the health secretary in September. According to a story in The Times (behind paywall) this morning, CSC has cheerily told …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Dec 2011
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UK.gov to require YOU to opt out of data-sharing plan with drug firms

Plans to share confidential NHS records with private medical researchers have been revealed by Prime Minister David Cameron. The government said in a statement yesterday that it was announcing a consultation "to change the NHS Constitution so that patient data is automatically included in clinical research, but giving patients …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Dec 2011
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Whitehall: 'Don't bin whole NHS IT programme... yet'

A team from the Cabinet Office has recommended that the Department of Health (DH) gives more time to two elements of England's NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT) dealing with the provision of key information systems. The Major Projects Authority (MPA), set up last year to scrutinise expensive projects throughout central …
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Ministers kill off failed £12.7bn NHS IT revamp

GPs and hospitals have been told to look locally for IT help as the government finally spikes a £12.7bn nationwide NHS computer system. The failed project intended to store everybody's records, institute a national email system for the NHS and make X-rays and prescriptions available electronically. It was touted as the world's …
Anna Leach, 22 Sep 2011
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Government close to reduced NHS IT deal with CSC

The Department of Health has said it has reached the closing stages of negotiations with CSC, one of the two local service providers to the NHS National Programme for IT, over a new memorandum of understanding covering its future work for the health service. The deal looks set to cut CSC's income from the NHS. The firm has …
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Departments reveal mobile device spending

The Department for Transport spent £1.5m on mobile telephones and related data services in the 2010-11 financial year. The department, which has seven executive agencies, disclosed that 7,757 officials were issued with mobile phones such as BlackBerrys and other 3G devices in that year. The department was responding to a …
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NHS to share foreigners' data with border agency

The government has said it will introduce new processes to share data about foreign nationals who have outstanding debts for NHS treatment with the UK Border Agency. The move is part of a package of measures aimed at reducing health tourism that will see those who owe the NHS more than £1,000 barred from entering the UK, from …
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DoH splurges £2.72m on Adwords

The Department of Health has been promoting its online services through the use of the Google Adwords bidding systems. Health minister Phil Hope said that the department spent £2,720,457.11 between 1 February 2009 and 31 January 2010, running 21,939 active search terms on Google's Adwords service, through which users bid for …
Kable, 10 Feb 2010
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Surveying anonymity and the public good

Comment Members of the public are wary of having their data used – even anonymously – for research purposes, whilst researchers are altogether more laid back about the proposition. That is one key conclusion of a Department of Health consultation on Additional Uses of Patient Data (pdf), published on 1 December, which found that " …
Jane Fae , 17 Dec 2009

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