Short-term care records to cover IT programme delays

SHAs are to be allowed to use 'interim' IT suppliers to deliver the summary care record programme, the government has announced.

The plan, outlined in this week's Health Informatics Review, would see local service providers or other IT companies given contracts to create temporary systems until a national solution becomes available.

Gordon Hextell, director of informatics at NHS Connecting for Health, said the decision had been taken after the NAO found the IT programme was running four years behind scheme. ‘Four years is quite a long time,’ he said.

The report says that NHS organisations should ‘consider the benefits of additional interim solution where they offer the chance to deliver patient benefits sooner.’

But Mr Hextall he added that: ‘Everybody is content that the strategic system has got to be adapted when it's ready.’

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