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Health Service IT fiasco to cost taxpayer £700 million | The Times

1 August, 2014 (08:20) | Computers are Magic, Government policy, IT fallacies, National Programmes, Nightmares! | By: rupertfawdry

Health Service IT fiasco to cost taxpayer £700 million | The Times. The whole thing has been a shambles from start to finish. Not really surprised at this latest development.  

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Still missing the point

23 January, 2014 (09:56) | Datasets, EPR, Maternents, maternity care, National Programmes, perinatal data, secondary data | By: Helga Perry

So a new maternity data set is due to go live in April. Will it make any real difference? Unlikely if it is still focusing on outputs and secondary uses. It all still smacks of  locking the stable door after the horse has bolted. The jury’s still out on the impact of electronic records on patient outcomes. […]

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5 July, 2013 (09:08) | Computers are Magic, EPR, Government policy, Initiatives, Interoperability, National Programmes, Patient-Centered Care, Railways versus Roads, Standardisation | By: Helga Perry

The latest NHS England buzzword is IDCR (Integrated Digital Care Record). Guidance, standards etc. have been published in Safer Hospitals Safer Wards – reiterating the desire for fully digitised and integrated health records across all care settings by 2018. It doesn’t allow much time for NHS organisations to submit expressions of interest in the Technology Fund, though – […]

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It’s broke already and needs fixing

4 April, 2013 (13:26) | Data quality, Datasets, Government policy, National Programmes, secondary data | By: Helga Perry

Looking at the latest incarnation of the Maternity Dataset homepage  from the new Health & Social Care Information Centre that came into being this past April Fool’s Day, one might indeed be forgiven for thinking that the whole enterprise was some gigantic April Fool. So many broken links, so many inaccuracies. Not very good when you […]

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Is NHS Wales IT going hybrid?

10 September, 2012 (09:47) | Casenotes, Data management, document management, Initiatives, National Programmes, Paper Records | By: Helga Perry

While catching up on my EHI reading, I spotted a report on IT in Wales, The Way of the Dragon, in which Chris Thorne interviews the Head of NHS Wales Informatics, Dr Martin Murphy. I was particularly struck by Murphy’s comments on the role of document repositories: One of the issues that we have recognised is that […]

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About time too

27 July, 2012 (09:04) | Initiatives, National Programmes, Patient-Centered Care, Standardisation | By: Helga Perry

There’s a lot of news coverage today about the call from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) for the standardisation of observation charts and introduction of a National Early Warning Score (NEWS).  We note that NEWS is not recommended for use in pregnancy or children under 16, but it’s a welcome step in the right direction. […]

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Audit Commission wants new datasets

27 April, 2012 (08:08) | Audit/Benchmarking, Data management, Data quality, Datasets, National Programmes, Nightmares!, secondary data | By: Helga Perry

Writing in eHealth Insider, Lyn Whitfield reports that the Audit Commission has criticised existing NHS datasets for not reflecting what is actually happening to patients.  “Data definitions are becoming increasingly problematical in the NHS.”   The full Audit Commission report is available online: By definition: Improving data definitions and their use by the NHS   […]

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NHS computer fiasco still costing billions | The Times

7 December, 2011 (23:33) | Computers are Magic, EPR, Government policy, Initiatives, National Programmes, Nightmares! | By: Helga Perry

The nightmare continues….. Taxpayers will foot the bill for a further £2 billion on a failed NHS IT project even though the Government has already pulled the plug on it. The American technology company Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) has boasted to Wall Street that it expects an extension of its contract to provide electronic patient […]

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SWHMR version 6

29 November, 2011 (20:13) | Government policy, hand held records, Maternents, National Programmes, Paper Records, Patient-Centered Care, perinatal data, Scottish Woman Held Maternity Record | By: Helga Perry

The latest (version 6) release of the Scottish Woman Held Maternity Record (SWHMR) was made available on November 23rd. Read about it and download all the related documents here. The Scottish Government expects that the Combined Pregnancy and Postnatal Record Version 6 should be implemented for new bookers by Monday 2nd April 2012, with other […]

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NHS IT requires the wisdom of the crowd not the marketplace — Bewley et al. 343 —

12 October, 2011 (23:49) | EPR, Government policy, Initiatives, IT fallacies, National Programmes | By: Helga Perry

NHS IT requires the wisdom of the crowd not the marketplace Susan Bewley, obstetrician(1),  Helga Perry, electronic systems and resources librarian(2), Rupert Fawdry, honorary consultant obstetrician IT research(2), Grant Cumming, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist(3) Author Affiliations (1) King’s Health Partners, London SE1 7EH, UK (2) University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry, UK (3) […]

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