The National Programme for IT has begun initial conversations with the Home Office to examine how the IT infrastructure being put in place in the NHS can be made compatible with national ID cards, production of which may eventually determine a patient’s ‘entitlement’ to receive free healthcare services. The ID card bill introduced in the […]
After a week of headlines about implementation costs for the NHS IT modernisation programme E-Health Insider takes a rain check on understanding of this key issue.
BT has won the N3 (New National Network) contract to provide and manage a broadband network to link all NHS organisations in England, health minister, John Hutton, announced today. As had been widely anticipated, BT was chosen ahead Cable and Wireless for the N3 contract, which will see it act as integrator, rather than as a broadband service provider iteself. […]
Leading figures in e-government and the Internet are recognised in today’s New Year Honours. At the top of the pile, there are knighthoods for the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, and chief executive of the Office for Government Commerce, Peter Gershon. The government’s e-envoy, Andrew Pinder, is awarded a CBE. […]
Peter Gershon, chief executive of the Treasury’s Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has described the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) in the NHS as inherently risky and ambitious. The comments came as part of his oral evidence to the powerful House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on purchasing and management of software licences in […]