Regional information systems

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6928.599b (Published 26 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:599
  1. F T De Dombal
  1. Clinical INformation Science Unit, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9LN.

    EDITOR, - The only surprising thing about the woeful attempts to introduce a regional information system is that anyone should be surprised at the outcome.1 As long ago as 1977 an editorial in the BMJ entitled “Experiments with computers and our money” referred scathingly to unsuccessful attempts to introduce information systems and commented on poor management2 - as did the committee of public accounts even more forcefully.3 The earlier editorial concluded that unless the Department of Health and Social …

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