2011 “much tougher” for NHS IT
Analysts expect the NHS to stop spending money on IT in 2011; unless it can show that technology will provide a return on investment or efficiency gains in a matter of months.
Experts fear Punch and Judy election
The general election Policy and healthcare IT experts have urged an incoming government to resist the temptation to shake up the NHS and radically reorganise its IT. Asked to put forward manifesto ideas for the general election that is likely to be called after the Easter break, commentators from think tanks, analysts and the health […]
Four in ten readers expect cuts
Four out of ten NHS IT staff are expecting their budgets to decrease next year, and a further 36% expect them to be frozen at this year’s level.
Renegotiating LSP deals may prove costly
A senior industry analyst has compared the potential cost of renegotiating the NHS’s local service provider contracts, worth £4 billion, to “bailing out the banks”. With the addition of BT’s National Application Service Provider deal for the NHS Spine the total value of contracts to be renegotiated rises to £5 billion. Mike Davis, senior analyst at […]
RCN develops telehealthcare resource
The Royal College of Nursing has announced that it is developing a telecare and telehealth resource for its members. The RCN is encouraging members to participate in an online survey so it can find out what members needs are in relation to telehealth and telecare. The survey includes multiple choice questions such as ‘what should […]
Gartner awarded market intelligence contract
The National Programme for IT has awarded a one-year £154,000 contract to IT analysts Gartner to provide it with market intelligence services. The deal follows the award of a £117,000 contract to Ovum for ‘supplier relations’ services in July. According to NPfIT the market intelligence to be supplied by Gartner will help it monitor the […]
NPfIT enlists help with IT industry communication
The NHS National Programme for IT has recruited external help to improve communication with its IT suppliers by awarding a contract to IT consulting company Ovum to provide industry liaison. Ovum, an international IT advisory, support and market intelligence agency, will be responsible for “liaison services across the IT healthcare industry working with National Programme managers […]
Patient First Alliance no longer in National Programme
With barely a month to go before the first Local Service Provider (LSP) contracts are awarded Patient First Alliance (PFA) have been disqualified from the procurement competitions in the North West and North East, after failing to meet a Monday deadline to clarify their position. Their elimination leaves LSP consortia led by Cerner and Accenture […]