iSoft appear to be in talks with potential buyers.
According to the piece
"The NHS is preparing a national information campaign to inform patients
about shared records. One way to build confidence would be to emphasise
that patients own their data and have a right to view it and correct
it, as well as decide who should see it."
By all accounts, the days of "implied consent" are long gone.
The ambition and vision of the Connecting for Health programme in the UK continues to come in for a lot of public scrutiny. File on Four this evening (tuesday) looked at Choose & Book, Childhood Vaccination and Hospital system implementation. By and large, it was not pretty. Here are some of my notes from the programme.
Choose & Book
[ update ] : A good review of the programme is here.
Newsnight on BBC2 tonight (wednesday) had a piece on Choose and Book – part of a larger debate on the UK Governments push for Choice in public services such as Health and Education. The package was less than positive on the whole initiative – uptake to now, as has been well documented online, is poor.
When you see a TV programme covering these points – lack of prior consultation with the GP community, lack of integration with practice vendor software, and an interim web based solution that is slow – you quickly realise that it is very, very easy for the general public to form negative opinions of these types of initiatives.
While I totally agree with the concept and thrust of "Choice" with regard to any service – private or public, I think the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on the night had sensible pragmatism (I paraphrase and add to the sentiment expressed); the individual will invariably choose local services if available, taking into account the relevant parameters of distance, time, cost, etc.
The Guardian reports that the NHS National Programme has appointed Alan Burns, a health authority Chief Executive, to win "hearts and minds" for the world’s largest civil IT project. This follows increasing debate over the past number of months on concerns raised about confidentiality, and the potential for boycott by the medical community.
This programme, aired on 19th October, reveals that many GP’s in the UK have serious reservations on the rollout of the new NHS system that will make patient records available on line.