Nicholson warns of ‘unprecedented’ savings
NHS chief executive David Nicholson has warned the NHS that it may need to make “unprecedented” levels of savings from 2011 to 2014. In his third annual report on the state of the health service, Nicholson says NHS investment will grow by 11% over the next and final two years of the present comprehensive spending […]
Government’s CIO praises NHS progress
The government’s chief information officer has praised IT systems in the health sector but has highlighted the need to “drive value out of IT investments” throughout the recession. The comments come in the government’s latest Transformational Government progress report. In a year when the government spent £13.7 billion on IT, the report says the recession […]
Microsoft does cross-government deal
The Treasury has signed a cross-government deal with Microsoft that will allow licenses to be transferred across the public sector. The value of the deal signed by the Office of Government Commerce Buying Solutions agency has not been disclosed. However, the government claims it will save the public sector £75m over five years. The deal […]
Adastra reports trial of iNurse
Out-of-hours software provider Adastra has launched a mobile solution for community nurses. iNurse enables community nurses to receive their caseload for the day onto a hand-held PDA, which can then be updated during visits and uploaded to the central iNurse database. Team leaders can also allocate additional visits using the software and cases can also […]
E-Health Insider’s industry round up 24.04.09
This month’s E-Health Insider industry round-up covers new products, system deployments and other developments at leading healthcare IT suppliers. Directorate receives ISO accreditation The directorate at Walsall Manor Hospitals NHS Trust that manages estates, telecommunications and medical equipment has achieved the ISO 9001 quality management system standard – the first time a whole hospital directorate […]
iSoft signs Southern contract outside NPfIT
Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has become the first in the Southern cluster to sign a major contract with iSoft.
No cuts, but low growth in budget
Chancellor Alastair Darling has told the Commons that the government does not plan to “cut” its way out of recession while delivering a budget that promises low spending growth and big demands for efficiency savings from the public sector.
Treasury targets £2.3 billion annual IT savings
The Treasury’s Operational Efficiency Programme has recommended £7.2 billion of annual efficiency savings could be achieved on government IT and back-office operations.
Rotherham picks Meditech for EPR
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has awarded a contract to US clinical software supplier Meditech to provide it with a new electronic patient record system.
James Cook says C+B led to DNA rise
Another hospital department has reported an increase in its did-not-attend (DNA) rate for patients whose appointments were made through Choose and Book. Orthopaedic surgeons from James Cook University Hospital in Middlesborough say that they have logged a 39% increase in non-attendance rates since their department started to use Choose and Book in 2006. The doctors, […]