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Defence Medical Services: ICT

Volume 463: debated on Monday 23 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Defence Medical Information Capability Programme has cost to date; and how much he expects it to have cost to establish once fully operational. (149662)

[holding answer 16 July 2007]: The total cost of the Defence Medical Information Capability Programme (DMICP) to date, including the concept and assessment phases of the programme, has been £14.7 million. Full operating capability is expected to be achieved in 2010, by which time £48 million is expected to have been spent.

The total programme costs, over the 10-year lifespan of the system, are expected to be £107 million. All figures are exclusive of VAT.

DMCIP will provide a single integrated health record (including a dental record) for all patients treated by the Defence Medical Services, instantly accessible by all medical personnel who need to treat a patient, a range of improved administrative and patient management tools, and a comprehensive management information system. DMICP will be available from all fixed medical and dental centres in the UK, Germany and certain other permanent bases overseas; a deployed capability will be available on operations from late2008; and from 2010 DMCIP will be linked to NHS Care Records Service.