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Improving IT Better?

As reported here more than a year ago, the NHS National Programme for IT is being reorganised. As part of the National Local Ownership Programme, responsibility for implementation is being devolved from NHS Connecting for Health to England's ten fledgling Strategic Health Authorities. Staff are also being transferred.

E-Health-Insider reports the process is delayed. Given the NPfIT's turbulent past, that isn't surprising. What is surprising is we seem to think that transferring the same staff and same suppliers to SHA's will make NPfIT different.

We need more change than that. It seems only a matter of time before NHS trusts are free—within reasonable constraints and complying to reasonable standards—to create their own care record with their own choice of supplier.

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