Letters England’s national programme for IT

Time for the NHS to stop trying to build large scale IT systems?

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4987 (Published 09 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4987
  1. Andrew J Sims, clinical scientist1
  1. 1Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN, UK
  1. andrew.sims{at}nuth.nhs.uk

Difficulties with England’s national programme for IT may be due to scale.1 There were few, if any, successful IT systems from any field on the scale of that proposed in 2003, from which the national programme might have learnt.

An exception, of course, is …

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