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Category: Nightmares!

Oliver Wright: The potential was huge, but so were the problems

2 August, 2011 (23:23) | Computers are Magic, EPR, Government policy, Initiatives, Interoperability, IT fallacies, National Programmes, Nightmares!, Railways versus Roads | By: Helga Perry

Oliver Wright: The potential was huge, but so were the problems – Commentators, Opinion – The Independent. More analysis from Oliver Wright on how the NHS IT programme went pear-shaped. As The Independent‘s Leader says: The NHS IT scheme will be remembered as one of the great public procurement disasters of all time. […] Many […]

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NHS pulls the plug on its £11bn computer system

2 August, 2011 (23:15) | Computers are Magic, EPR, Government policy, Initiatives, Interoperability, IT fallacies, National Programmes, Nightmares! | By: Helga Perry

NHS pulls the plug on its £11bn computer system – Health News, Health & Families – The Independent. Are we surprised? Click the above link to read what Oliver Wright has to say in The Independent.  

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NHS trust forced to adopt National Programme patient records system or face £8.8m fine

2 August, 2011 (21:54) | Computers are Magic, EPR, Interoperability, IT fallacies, National Programmes, Nightmares!, Railways versus Roads | By: Helga Perry

It doesn’t only happen in maternity care. This story in Computer Weekly relates to Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust – and is a classic example of  yet another overpriced inflexible railway system. NHS trust forced to adopt National Programme patient records system or face £8.8m fine – Computer Weekly.  

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Whatever happened to the MUMMIES Project?

14 July, 2011 (23:11) | Data management, Datasets, Government policy, Initiatives, National Programmes, Nightmares!, Standardisation | By: Helga Perry

This is a question that has been engaging Rupert and myself for some time now. All the documentation seems to have vanished into thin air. The following link is to a blog post by John Harris from 2004, written primarily for an American readership, which gives the best account I have seen so far of […]

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Catching up on Smart Healthcare Live

19 June, 2011 (19:59) | Computers are Magic, Data management, EPR, Initiatives, Interoperability, IT fallacies, Nightmares!, open source, Standardisation | By: Helga Perry

NHS needs to be better at standardisation, says academic | Healthcare Network | Guardian Professional. Just a quick catch-up on Smart Healthcare Live, which I attended on June 15th, to which the above report from The Guardian relates. I was disappointed that throughout the day there was still hardly any mention of standardisation of INPUT […]

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Electronic patient record scheme not cost-effective

18 May, 2011 (06:40) | Audit/Benchmarking, EPR, Government policy, National Programmes, Nightmares! | By: Helga Perry

The National Audit Office has reported that the national electronic patient record scheme, costing some £2.7 billion, has not been value for money and the core aim of providing every patient with an electronic care record will not now be achieved. Get the full report from the NAO Website. See also: Electronic patient record scheme […]

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Perinatal Institute study day 20 Jan 2011

20 January, 2011 (18:00) | Dashboards, Data management, Data quality, Datasets, EPR, Initiatives, National Programmes, Nightmares!, Patient-Centered Care, perinatal data | By: Helga Perry

Many thanks to all involved in organising the study day on Improving NHS maternity information and care at the Perinatal Institute in Birmingham. Lots of interesting presentations, including a progress report on the National Maternity Services Data Set that generated some very lively discussion, and an account of Shrewsbury & Telford’s clinical dashboards. I particularly […]

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Cathy Warwick in The Observer

2 January, 2011 (12:02) | Government policy, Maternents, National Programmes, Nightmares!, Patient-Centered Care, workload | By: Helga Perry

‘Midwives can’t go on working in a system where safety is too often compromised’ | Comment is free | The Observer. Cathy Warwick, General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, discusses the pressures on midwifery and maternity services. I have taken the opportunity to post an online comment drawing attention to the effect of […]

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Midwife workloads too high to be safe | News | Nursing Times

24 September, 2010 (20:56) | Nightmares!, workload | By: Helga Perry

Midwife workloads too high to be safe | News | Nursing Times. I wonder to what extent unnecessary or inappropriate data entry contributes to this?

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Nightmares!

7 September, 2010 (20:57) | Data quality, EPR, Nightmares!, Paper Records | By: rupertfawdry

Although more data is regularly collected from a greater proportion of humanity in the antenatal booking process than any other data collecting activity anywhere at any time in the whole world, there are no universally agreed logical criteria for deciding what we should or should not be recording.

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