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Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares 'vision' for NHS 'tech revolution'

Given the track record of project failures in NHS IT, some might say that Matt Hancock - former Minister for Fun who now runs the Department of Health - is marching with ill-founded confidence towards what he describes as a “tech revolution”. NHS hosptial photo, by Marbury via Shutterstock It is 2018 and the NHS is still …
Paul Kunert, 18 Oct 2018
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It is 2018 and the NHS is still counting the cost of WannaCry. Carry the 2, + aftermath... um... £92m

The UK's Department of Health and Social Care released a progress update this week on the hesitant efforts to deal with shonky NHS IT. Woman in hospital (in hospital gown) covers face with hands On the NHS tech team? Weep at ugly WannaCry post-mortem, smile as Health dept outlines plan READ MORE First the bad news. The …
Richard Speed, 12 Oct 2018
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UK.gov asks biz for ideas on how to 'overcome' data privacy concerns in NHS

UK firms are being asked to pitch digital solutions to "overcome privacy challenges" related to the increasing use of data in the health sector as part of a £9m competition to boost the NHS's use of technology. The cash is for firms that want to do collaborative or early stage development work on digital tools or solutions …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Oct 2018

Leeds hospital launches campaign to 'axe the fax'

Leeds hospital is bragging about a major IT project that would set it apart from the wider NHS – it plans to "axe the fax" by the new year. A report from the Royal College of Surgeons earlier this year found there were more than 8,000 fax machines loitering in NHS trusts across the UK. Reg readers were aghast. Leeds Teaching …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Sep 2018
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NHS smacks down hundreds of staffers for dodgy use of social media, messaging apps

More than a thousand NHS staffers have been slapped down for their use of social media and apps since 2013, with some even posting about patients. According to figures released under Freedom of Information laws, at least 65 workers in the UK's National Health Service have lost their jobs because of the incidents. The Times …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Sep 2018
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FBI fingers the Norks it wants to pinch for Sony hack, WannaCry attacks

The US government has formally accused the North Korean government of being behind the Sony Pictures hack, the WannaCry ransomware that crippled the UK's National Health Service and other organizations, and a series of online bank heists including $81m stolen from Bangladesh's national bank. The state-sponsored attacks were …
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Creaky systems 'cost lives': Health secretary Matt Hancock pledges to solve NHS IT woes

Faltering NHS IT systems are "costing lives", health secretary Matt Hancock has said ahead of announcing a further £200m for trusts to create digital testbeds. The former Minister of Fun will take to the stage at the NHS Expo in Manchester this afternoon for one of his first major speeches since taking over from Jeremy Hunt. …
Rebecca Hill, 6 Sep 2018

UK.gov: NHS should be compensated by firms using its data goldmine

The UK government has said the NHS should be "fairly rewarded" by private firms that slurp patients' data. Outlining proposals for a code of conduct for data-driven care technologies, health minister James O'Shaughnessy said the aim is to create a "safe and trusted environment" for healthcare innovation. The Technology …
Rebecca Hill, 5 Sep 2018
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BT scoops Home Counties chunk of new NHS IT contract

BT has won a five-year contract to supply comms and IT services to various chunks of the NHS. BT reckoned the deal will help medics get themselves and their patients' data on the cloud, and then to "access patient data securely over high-bandwidth digital connections". The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) contract covers …
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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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