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Computer scientists call for audit of NHS IT programme

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 20 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:930
  1. Michael Cross
  1. London

    Leading British computer scientists have called for an independent audit of the NHS's information technology programme to verify that the network of systems being installed in England is technically feasible and secure.

    In an open letter to the parliamentary select committee on health, academic experts in computer science, engineering, and security last week urged the committee to ask for an independent technical assessment of the £6bn (€8.7bn; $10.5) programme “with all possible speed.” Signatories include former advisers to the government and to the BMA, who question the wisdom of continuing the programme without an “independent assessment of its basic technical viability.”

    The letter reflects concern among computer scientists that commercial IT products are …

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