Prescription for IT Disaster

The world’s largest non-military IT project is aimed at transforming England’s health care system using information technology. The project – National Program for Information Technology had the ambition of computerizing medical information and services. Since its inception in 2002, it has faced major problems:

In 2002, the English government embarked on a $12 billion effort to transform its health-care system with information technology. But the country’s oversight agency now puts that figure at $24 billion, and two Members of Parliament say the project is “sleepwalking toward disaster”… In scale, the project… (NPfIT) is overwhelming. Initiated in 2002, the NPfIT is a 10-year project to build new computer systems that would connect more than 100,000 doctors, 380,000 nurses and 50,000 other health-care professionals; allow for the electronic storage and retrieval of patient medical records; permit patients to set up appointments via their computers; and let doctors electronically transmit prescriptions to local pharmacies.
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