Letters England’s national programme for IT

Learning lessons from a hidden success of the NHS national programme for IT

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4991 (Published 09 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4991
  1. Richard G Jones, physician1
  2. On behalf of Gifford Batstone (Brighton NHS Trust), Christopher Johnson (National Pathology Programme, NHS England), Maureen Curran (Health and Social Care Information Centre), Owen Johnson (School of Computing, University of Leeds), Bernard Croal (Royal College of Pathologists)
  1. 1Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
  1. r.g.jones{at}leeds.ac.uk

Greenhalgh and Keen’s insightful critique of the national programme for IT in England rightly identifies the contradictory narratives that prevail at the policy and public level.1 Despite this, IT provision in the NHS is moderately healthy, although in need of some preventive care. One example is the pathology messaging implementation programme, which delivers test results from NHS laboratories to GP practices. Introduced between 1997 and 2004, this service delivers about two …

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