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Hospital computers fail to cut costs

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 20 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:997

Hospital computer systems in England on which the NHS Executive spent £56m ($84m) have failed to achieve their expected cost savings, the National Audit Office says in a report to parliament this week.

The audit office investigated the Hospital Information Support Systems Initiative, launched in 1988 to back up the NHS reforms with comprehensive and integrated computer systems to cover all aspects …

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