Home » Headline, NHS General News

Lorenzo – A Bug in the NHS System

No Comment

A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has lambasted the ill-fated NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT).  In the past 10 years, £6.4 billion has been spent and another £5 billion is due to be invested with still no immediate hope of seeing implementation of the fully integrated, nationwide patient records system.

The patient administration software – known as ‘Lorenzo,’ is due to be delivered to 4,715 NHS organizations.  So far, only 1,518 have received it.  IT services giant CSC took over the contract when it acquired troubled firm iSoft a few weeks ago.  To hit the required targets CSC will need to have a delivery rate of two to three systems per month over the next five and a half years.

This, along with continued missed timescales, a £20 billion efficiency saving task by 2014/15 and the £500 million renegotiation contract with CSC which has yet to go through has seen the NAO report effectively calling for a vote of no-confidence in this ambitious programme.

MP Richard Bacon, when interviewed on Radio 4’s Today Programme, called for the entire project to be scrapped.  He stated “NHS trusts must be set free to choose the systems that meet the needs of patients and medical professionals. They should have the power to source products locally that suit their needs, subject only to common standards.”

However, John Enstone – legal partner at Faegre and Benson and who has worked with several IT companies involved in the project, holds a slightly different view.  He says “Very few systems cannot be fixed and I don’t believe there is the stomach for starting again. But I would like to see someone in government take hold of it and say we are going to take on the headline problems and in three months, stay with it and fix it.”

The debate continues.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Twitter
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn