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Database ballsup: NHS under pressure over fresh patient record error

The government is facing another NHS IT scandal, as it scrambles to confirm whether discrepancies between two databases have affected patient care. NHS England confirmed The Register that it was working to establish the impact of thousands of mismatches, which saw patient records present on one database and absent from another …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Aug 2018
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NHS Digital to fling half a billion quid at new GP procurement framework

The NHS is planning an £450m overhaul of its outdated contractural framework used to supply IT systems and services to GP practices with a new, modular IT framework. NHS Digital has launched a prior information notice (PDF) to launch market engagement activities for a GP IT Framework. This will provide a contract mechanism for …
Rebecca Hill, 10 Aug 2018

Brit spending watchdog brands GP Primary Support Care a 'complete mess'

NHS England must re-evaluate the way it outsources work to the private sector in the wake of "continued squabbles" with Capita over the mismanaged £700m Primary Support Care (PSC) contract. The seven-year agreement that began in September 2015, which includes an option to extend it for three years, was to provide support …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2018
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Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

The NHS has been told to stop clinging onto the past, after it was revealed trusts have more than 8,000 fax machines still in use. According to Freedom of Information requests submitted by the Royal College of Surgeons, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the worst offender – with a whopping 603 machines. …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Jul 2018
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'Coding' cockup blamed for NHS cough-up of confidential info against patients' wishes

Confidential information on 150,000 NHS patients has been distributed against their wishes for years due to a "coding error" by healthcare software supplier TPP. NHS Digital, the body that oversees the healthcare service's use of data, fessed up to the bungle – which saw data on the affected patients used in ways they had …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Jul 2018
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NHS systems fell offline for 1,300+ hours over 36 months, cyber-nasties fingered – FoI study

NHS trusts across England experienced more than 1,300 hours of downtime in the last three years, according to results from Freedom of Information (FoI) requests. Nearly a third of the trusts (25 out of 80) that responded to an FoI request from Intercity Technology admitted they had experienced outages across their IT systems …
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2018
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Capita admits it won't make money on botched NHS England contract

Embattled outsourcing giant Capita has made a loss of £140m trying to deliver on a seven-year contract to upgrade back-office support in the NHS – and never expects to turn a profit on it. CEO Jonathan Lewis made the admission at an evidence session in front of the influential Public Accounts Committee yesterday, which was …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jun 2018
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NHS England fingered over failure to forward patient correspondence

NHS England is to blame for a backlog of 374,000 items of undelivered clinical correspondence following a move to Capita's Primary Care Services contract, the Public Accounts Committee has concluded today. The NHS has wasted £2.4m pounds reviewing the handling of misdirected clinical correspondence, after Capita commenced a …
Kat Hall, 6 Jun 2018
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Doctor, doctor! My NHS Patient Access app has gone TITSUP*

The latest version of the UK National Health Service's Patient Access app and website, used to book appointments and to order repeat prescriptions, has been down for many users over the past 24 hours. Multiple users have reported to El Reg that they cannot log into the new version released yesterday. The service's status page …
Kat Hall, 31 May 2018
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Slurp up patient data for algos that will detect cancer early, says UK PM

The UK prime minister has been wooed by the promises made by proponents of artificial intelligence, today pledging more use of algorithms and data-crunching in the health service. In a speech in Macclesfield, Theresa May confirmed plans to invest in boosting the use of AI in healthcare, as well as the use of data to help early …
Rebecca Hill, 21 May 2018
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You know me, I don't know you: Hospital reportedly raps staff for peeking at Ed Sheeran data

Two UK hospital workers have reportedly been disciplined for accessing Ed Sheeran's personal details after he was admitted following a bicycle accident. The carrot-mopped guitar-botherer was treated at Ipswich Hospital last year for a broken wrist and elbow. ed sheeran Spotify wants to go public but can't find Ed Sheeran (to …
Rebecca Hill, 21 May 2018
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Capita cost-cutting on NHS England contract 'put patients at risk' – spending watchdog

A botched £330m seven-year NHS contract with Capita to outsource back-office support for 39,000 GPs, dentists and opticians was today savaged by the UK government's spending watchdog over its "potential to seriously harm patients". In 2015 Capita won the primary care support services contract to administer payments to GP …
Kat Hall, 17 May 2018
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Brit healthcare system inks Windows 10 install pact with Microsoft

The UK government's Department of Health and Social Care has inked a deal with Microsoft to upgrade all NHS machines to Windows 10 – in a supposed attempt to boost resilience following the WannaCry incident last year. Woman in hospital (in hospital gown) covers face with hands On the NHS tech team? Weep at ugly WannaCry post …
Kat Hall, 30 Apr 2018
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Creaky NHS digital infrastructure risks holding back gene boffinry, say MPs

The state of the NHS's digital infrastructure and a lack of clear budgets risk holding back the UK’s efforts in genomic medicine and research, MPs have said. In a report, Genomics and Genome Editing in the NHS, The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee criticised a lack of investment in the kit, training and public …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Apr 2018
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NHS given a lashing for lack of action plan one year since WannaCry

Nearly a year has passed since the unprecedented WannaCry cyber attack and the UK's NHS has yet to agree an action plan, according to a report by MPs. Following the incident last June, which caused 20,000 hospital appointments and operations to be cancelled, a Lessons Learned review was published with 22 recommendations for …
Kat Hall, 18 Apr 2018
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Imagine you're having a CT scan and malware alters the radiation levels – it's doable

As memories of last May's WannaCry cyber attack fade, the healthcare sector and Britain's NHS are still deep in learning. According to October's National Audit Office (NAO) report (PDF), 81 NHS Trusts, 603 primary care organisations and 595 GP practices in England and Wales were infected by the malware, with many others in …
John E Dunn, 11 Apr 2018
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NHS Digital to probe live-stream spillage of confidential patient info – after El Reg tipoff

Exclusive NHS Digital has opened an inquiry after patients' personal information was revealed during a live-streamed research session for a new app. Yesterday, the UK's National Health Service showed off the software application to members of the public. However, those folks were potentially unaware that the demo session was being video …
Kat Hall, 9 Mar 2018

Stop slurping NHS data to enforce immigration laws? Not on your nellie, huffs UK Home Office

The NHS has said it will continue sharing data with the Home Office for immigration enforcement, despite MPs calling for the government to put an immediate stop to the transfer. The data-sharing deal, which was put on official footing in January last year and renewed in December, allows the NHS to hand over non-clinical …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Feb 2018

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