Audit Office report on CfH delayed again
Public spending watchdog the National Audit Office has once again delayed the publication of its report into the £6.2 billion National Programme for IT. E-Health Insider has learned that the eagerly awaited report, originally due to be published in July 2005, is now not expected to be released until "summer 2006" at the earliest, a […]
Parliament told of GPs’ scepticism over C+B
GPs are slowly becoming more knowledgeable about Choose and Book and its implications while gradually becoming more negative about it, according to a survey undertaken by Doctors.net.uk, commissioned by the National Audit Office for Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee. 74% of respondents to the survey said that they knew a lot or something about Choose and […]
IT has critical role in patient safety, says watchdog
Public service watchdog, the National Audit Office, has underlined the key role IT should play in improving patient safety not only in avoiding medication errors but in supporting audit and providing information to professionals. An NAO report published today identifies medication errors, record documentation errors and communication failures as leading causes of incidents in which […]
NHS chief executive calls for investment in IT
NHS chief executive Nigel Crisp has called on trusts to make greater use of shared back office functions such as IT, HR and finance to help deliver services more efficiently and avoid some trusts slipping into the red. The call came in a letter to the 156 NHS trusts that were in financial deficit last […]
How will the general election affect NHS IT? E-Health Insider takes a comprehensive look at what each party has to say about the major e-health issues.
Brought to book
GP Mark Davies, clinical lead for the National Programme for IT’s Choose and Book programme, argues the case for Choose and Book and says criticism is unfounded.
Spoilt for choice
GPs’ attitudes towards Choose and Book could cause headaches for the NPfIT, according to a survey in a recent report by the National Audit Office. EHI Primary Care takes a closer look.
NAO finds Choose and Book running late
Technical problems, delays in delivering upgrades and failure to engage GPs means the roll-out of Choose and Book, the national electronic appointment booking system, is behind schedule and, at best, will only offer 60-70% availability by the end of 2005. As a result the Government target to deliver patient choice by the end of the […]
NAO to investigate National Programme for IT
In an unusual move the £6.2 billion National Programme for IT (NPfIT) is to be investigated by the National Audit Office (NAO), Parliament’s independent public spending watchdog, just two years after the programme was launched. With the major contracts now let and implementation work said to be beginning, the agency will undertake what it describes […]
MRSA reporting to be improved by electronic lab link
Long-standing data quality problems with recorded occurrences of MRSA may be improved by the introduction of electronic incident reporting systems in laboratories, rather than focusing on trying to improve the current paper-based incident reporting that relies on the postal system, E-Health Insider has learned. Mandatory reporting is already undertaken by trusts, which send aggregated details of incidents to […]