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Midnight_Caller
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NHS Summary care record

Hi All
Just seen this:
[quote="Procurement Leaders"]
Public 'procurement disaster' to be laid to rest
The UK government's doomed National Programme for IT should be abandoned, according to a powerful political committee, leading commentators to describe it as "one of the great procurement disasters of all time".
The project was embarked upon 10-years ago with much fanfare, with promises of every single UK patient's medical records being accessible by any doctor, anywhere in the country. However, the challenges of that vision proved too complex and too costly even for a project with a budget of £11.4bn.
The project has been beset with problems, including breakdowns in supplier relations, huge budget overruns and deadline extensions. In 2006, the largest contractor involved, Accenture, walked away from £2bn worth of contracts and wrote off hundreds of millions of pounds, not long before, software provider IDX walked out, making a $450m provision against future losses. Other suppliers, including BT and Computer Sciences Corporation have been unable to deliver against the terms of their contracts, according to a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report into the debacle.
"The department has been unable to demonstrate what benefits have been delivered from the £2.7bn spent on the project so far," said Margaret Hodge, chair of the PAC. "It should now urgently review whether it is worth continuing with the remaining elements of the care records system."
"The NHS IT scheme will be remembered as one of the great public procurement disasters of all time," wrote the UK's Independent newspaper in a leading article.

[quote="BBC"]
Pull plug on NHS e-records - MPs
Ministers should consider pulling the plug on the central part of the NHS IT programme in England, MPs say.
The Public Accounts Committee said mounting problems with the electronic records system were making the £7bn project "unworkable".
The group said the scheme - aimed at reducing the use of paper files - was beset by delays and uncertainty.
If it was stopped, the remaining budget could then be spent on a better system, they said.
E-records are part of the overall £11.4bn IT programme.
The scheme was launched in 2002 with the aim of revolutionising the way the health service uses technology.
It includes developments such as digital X-rays and fast internet connections.
Under the e-records scheme, every patient was to get an electronic file that could be used when they were treated in the NHS.
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[quote="This Is London"]
GPs help patients opt out of new NHS records
By: Mark Prigg
10th March 2010
London GPs are launching an advertising campaign to help patients opt out of the NHS patient record system.
The new Summary Care Records system is a centralised database covering 50 million people. It has come under fire from privacy campaigners and medical chiefs, who claim its roll-out has been rushed.
The London-wide group of Local Medical Committees, a trade association for general practitioners, today unveiled a poster giving simple advice on how to opt out and has written to every London GP urging them to display it.
“There is a lot of confusion among patients, and among GPs themselves,” said Dr Michelle Drage, joint chief executive of Londonwide medical committees.
The move comes as the system was attacked today by the British Medical Association, which said it was being set up at “breakneck speed”, sometimes without patients' knowledge, damaging public confidence.
[quote="NHS"]
Your Summary Care Record options
What are my choices?
You can choose to have a Summary Care Record: You do not need to do anything. This will happen automatically.
You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record: You need to let your GP practice know by filling in and returning an opt out form (PDF, 46.6Kb).
You can change your mind at any time
If you choose not to have a Summary Care Record but then change your mind later we can still make one for you. You need to let your GP practice know.
If you choose not to have your Summary Care Record after we have made it, you need to tell your GP practice. We will make sure that healthcare staff who try to look at your Summary Care Record will not be able to. We will only make your record available again if whoever wants to see it asks in writing and an investigation has found it necessary, for example if there is a complaint.
You can ask to have your record deleted, but that may not be possible if the record has already been used to give you care.
Whatever you decide, we will provide you with the best possible care.
What do I do now?
If you are happy for us to make a Summary Care Record for you, you do not need to do anything, we will automatically make one for you.
If you do not want us to make a Summary Care Record for you, please fill in an opt out form (PDF, 46.6Kb) and return it to your GP practice.
You can get an opt out form (PDF, 46.6Kb) from your GP practice, or you can ask us to send you one by phoning the Summary Care Record Information Line on 0300 123 3020.
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No surprise about the project. The trade  magazine Computer Weekly has been calling this project a disaster for the last five years.
Sadly the senior politicians in their rush to "deliver" hand over the blank cheques to the large consultancies and largely ignore the Civil Servants and professionals who actually provide the services. Tony Blair was no exception. The public will now pay for the emperors clothes.
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Another disaster by the last government.  Think what this money would have done if used on the front line of the NHS.
pierre_pierre
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Re: NHS Summary care record

what hope have the IT lot got when our new community hospital (So Called NHS Local, but I am sure is PFI)cant even communicate with the main hospital less than 15 miles away
Midnight_Caller
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@pierre, Doesn't the community hospital have a Microwave dish transmitter on the hospital to link to the main hospital?
matt_2k34
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Microwave dish transmitter on the hospital to link to the main hospital?

Dont be silly! YOUR PUMPING US ALL FULL OF RADIATION  Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad
Or at least, thats all i ever see when it comes to wireless communications technology. People needs to get a grip  Shocked
And probably not Gary, Microwave (believe it or not) isnt actually that cheap, and because a hospital will already probably have a fibre connection, its quite possible for them to share data quite simply via the internet via a VPN (Security issuesHuh)
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Midnight_Caller
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@Matt_2k34, No, the Radiation from a Microwave Dish, Transmitter/Receiver is smol.
Not all hospitals have a fibre connection, it is the same with some GP surgeries, some rural GP surgeries don't have ADSL letalone fibre connection, and some rural hospitals don't have fibre connection ether.
Microwave Transmitter/Receivers are lot cheaper than thay wher.
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Is there "line of sight" between the two sites?
ps For all those reading this at home please don't stand in front of a live microwave transmitting dish. You might just get rearranged DNA and a full depth sun tan.
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You might just get rearranged DNA and a full depth sun tan.

Ahhh that did make me chuckle !! Smiley
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Is there "line of sight" between the two sites?.

That is easy to solve put the microwave Dish, Transmitter/Receiver on a radio tower like this:
matt_2k34
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That is easy to solve

Yeah, just waste a few hundred £k putting in a tower, getting permission to build a tower, or paying to use someone elses tower, not to mention the planning headache and running costs.
and not sure, but id be suprised if there were any large institutions like that, which did not have fibre... Particularly as they could pay for all the lines in one 'account' for a pretty impressive price  Wink
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pierre_pierre
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My local district hospital share the same car park as my doctor, so very close, my doctor communicates with no trouble to the distant general hospital, but not the local
pierre_pierre
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maps, my local first pic  the distance to the main at Broomfield next on OS with 10KM squares