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Can the new “electronic highway” for the NHS have a smooth launch?

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 13 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1156
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. London

    The NHS in England is getting serious about information technology. It has to. Size, organisational complexity, and burgeoning knowledge are all driving in the same direction: a new “electronic highway” linking all parts of the NHS. The new system will provide “seamless care for patients through GPs, hospitals, and community health services.” That, at any rate, is the hope.

    Typically for Britain, many innovations in NHS computing have been the brain children of talented enthusiasts. The GP, the registrar, or the manager who could see a better way of referring patients, retrieving their records, or juggling available bed space have all made their mark. But the day of the amateur geek, however inspired, is over. …

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