Dell encourage ToryDems to persist with NHS IT project
Dell is advising the coalition Government not to cut the world’s most expensive national IT project.
The ToryDems who are looking for areas to cut to reduce the nation’s debt have had the project highlighted to them as a potential big win.
The NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT) is an initiative by the Department of Health in England to move the National Health Service (NHS) in England towards a single, centrally-mandated electronic care record for patients and to connect 30,000 General practitioners to 300 hospitals, providing secure and audited access to these records by authorised health professionals.
In addition to spiralling costs which have so far cost £12.7 billion, the project is grossly unpopular with all end users, namely the doctors, nurses and patients of the NHS.
Harry Greenspun, Dell’s Chief Medical Officer said “The programme has admittedly not come to be seen as a success.”
He further added that the “use of ICT in healthcare is the only way any kind of cost savings by any kind of government stands a chance of success. The baby must not be thrown out with the bathwater.”
Dell believes that NPfIT’s problems lie not with the technology, but in the way it has been implemented. Arguing for the scheme’s survival, Greenspun called on the new Government to address the “negative vibes” towards technology within the NHS.
Plans to scrap NPfIT were absent from the coalition’s joint policy document, released on 20th May 2010.
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