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£1bn national IT deal stalls

A deal designed to save the NHS more than £1bn on its contract with the National Programme for IT’s biggest provider has stalled.

Ex-iSoft chairman to go on trial

A football club owner will go on trial today accused of conspiring to make misleading statements about an IT firm involved in a major NHS project.

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Care record deal could save DH hundreds of millions

The Department of Health has agreed the terms of a deal that could save it hundreds of millions of pounds on the long-delayed installation of care record systems through primary and secondary care.


Exclusive: DH reaches £300m deal with firm over delay-hit IT programme

One of the two remaining contractors in the delay-hit National Programme for IT has agreed to reduce the value of its contract with the Department of Health by around £300m.

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Training plans for major government project leaders

Whitehall officials will undergo training programmes before being allowed to run major public projects like the new high-speed rail link or the NHS IT project, ministers have said.

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NHS stuck in 'information dark ages', says Future Forum

The NHS needs a culture change to drag itself out of the “information dark ages” and avoid reputational damage, the NHS Future Forum has said.

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Scrapped NHS IT System to cost a further £2bn

The American company behind the National Programme for IT has predicted it will earn up to another £2bn from its work with the NHS.


Exclusive: Government to link GP and hospital data

The relationship between the quality of GP and hospital care is set to be revealed for the first time by the publication of data which will detail the complete patient pathway.

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IT decisions 'down to trusts' despite contracts

The NHS IT scheme’s remaining contracts will not stop the government from devolving decisions locally, the Department of Health’s new informatics chief has claimed.

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'Accelerated' demise of IT scheme needs clarity for involved businesses

IT professionals have called for clarity after the government announced an “acceleration” in the dismantling of the national IT scheme.

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New set of listening exercise questions unveiled

Key questions for NHS stakeholders to consider as part of the second round of the government’s listening exercise have been unveiled by the Department of Health.

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NHS patient records programme has 'failed' according to MPs

Millions of pounds may have been wasted on a plan to integrate NHS patient care records that won’t work, the damning verdict of MPs suggests.

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Nicholson under fire over National Programme for IT

MPs have criticised NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson over his handling of the National Programme for IT, saying he had been ineffective in his role as “senior responsible owner” for the project.

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Information revolution now set for 'winter' release

The release of the Department of Health’s much-delayed strategy on an “information revolution” has been put back again, and is now not expected until the end of the year.


IT can double patient contact time

Patient contact time can be doubled among frontline community health teams by moving to modern computing systems, researchers have found.

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Government technology strategy 'lacking detail' to measure progress

The government’s plan to root out waste and failure in official IT projects is too vague for MPs to be able to assess whether it is achieving its objectives, a report from Westminster’s spending watchdog warned today.

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DH set to extend delay plagued IT contract

NHS trusts in the North, Midlands and East of England may have to wait until 2016-17 for a new electronic care record system, a year later than planned.

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Information strategy could be delayed by listening exercise - Connelly

The Department of Health’s information chief has told HSJ that her long awaited information strategy could yet be amended if the NHS Future Forum recommends a softer line on transparency to secure the support of clinicians.

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NPfIT 'should be scrapped' after NAO verdict

Ministers are facing calls to scrap both the National Programme for IT and the agency responsible for managing it, after a damning report concluded that the scheme will not deliver its primary aim or represent value for money.

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Pennine Care's pull-out is 'nail in the coffin' of NPfIT

Pennine Care’s decision to pull out of the National Programme for IT is another “nail in the coffin” for the troubled project, it has been claimed.