Doctors feel left out of NHS IT plans

Clark, Lindsay
August 2004
Computer Weekly;8/3/2004, p12
Trade Publication
The article presents information on the National Health Service in Great Britain. Support from clinicians for the government's£ 2.3bn national programme for IT (NPfIT) in the NHS seems to be faltering just as the first national system, the Choose and Book hospital appointment system, is due to be introduced. The latest Medix survey found that doctors are generally supportive of NPfIT. The survey, sponsored by the journal Computer Weekly and the Financial Times, showed considerable support for the creation of electronic patient records, which are at the heart of the national programme. Some 83% supported the development of the NHS Care Records Service, which will hold electronic health records for 50 million patients in England. However, doctors taking part in the Medix survey also supported a motion passed by the British Medical Association's local medical committees in June, which was not to engage with the Care Records Service until concerns about confidentiality and how the system would work had been met. In the fourth survey undertaken on behalf of Computer Weekly and the Financial Times, medical research firm Medix questioned doctors via the Internet. INSETS: What doctors really think;About the survey;NHS most wanted.


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