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Healthcare Computing Conference

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his Department's presentation to the healthcare computing conference in Harrogate on 25 March. [107753]

There was a series of presentations on key aspects of the national programme for information technology (IT) in the National Health Service made at the Healthcare Computing 2003 conference on 25 March 2003.They covered an analysis of the IT supplier market, developing the IT infrastructure, the National Design Authority, the integrated care records service (ICRS), planning for ICRS implementation in London, the health records infrastructure, engaging key clinical and managerial stakeholders in the NHS, communicating with patients and the public and progress on electronic appointment booking.Taken together they demonstrated a strong national IT programme team approach to consultation, planning and delivery and were well received by Healthcare Computing 2003 delegates.We will publish an update in April on the national IT programme that includes a summary of the presentations made and news on progress. This will also be placed in the Library.