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Departmental ICT

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, columns 1092-94W, on departmental ICT, what his most recent estimate of the (a) cost and (b) completion date is for each of the projects referred to; and if he will make a statement. (251240)

The projects listed under the original parliamentary question were those over £100,000 currently being undertaken by the Department, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA). The current expected completion date and estimated cost details, as at 28 January 2009, are as follows:

Name of organisation

Name of project

Estimated delivery date of project

Estimated cost of project (£000)

Department of Health

Ref Costs 2008

January 2009

1,204

Department of Health

MEDS Improvements

August 2009

240

Department of Health

MEDBEN

October 2008 (complete)

1,093

Department of Health

Learning Management System

May 2009

684

Department of Health

Contact

June 2009

646

Department of Health

ACCEA

July 2009

1,203

Department of Health

CAS

October 2008 (complete)

572

Department of Health

Delphi 2

February 2009

1,955

Department of Health

Business Intelligence Implementation

February 2009

967

Department of Health

Enterprise Architecture Programme

March 2009

250

Department of Health

Health Protection Informatics Website1

n/a

485

Department of Health

Quickr (Quickplace Upgrade)

April 2009

188

Department of Health

Centralised Security Monitoring

April 2009

171

Department of Health

Citrix Upgrade

April 2009

163

Department of Health

WAN Upgrade

April 2009

411

MHRA

Sentinel Server Upgrade

January 2009

3,500

MHRA

Sentinel Component software development

June 2009

1,600

MHRA

Eudra GMP Linkage

January 2009

400

PASA

Pharmacy Replacement

March 2009

281

1 The HPI is an IT programme, rather than a single project. It has been set up to provide information and data services to enable the DH to manage the national immunisation programme. It also provides tools to facilitate the management of surveillance information as part of the DH Pandemic preparedness measures. The programme was initially established in 2004 to collect Flu Update data from GPs with a budget of £485,000. The programme has expanded since that point, providing national immunisation data related to a number of vaccinations including Influenza, Pneumococcal and HPV, as well as surveillance and Pandemic Preparedness initiatives. Further development and support of the application will be ongoing, to reflect the evolving Immunisation and Panflu preparedness programmes. The website is being produced and maintained as part of this programme. It does not have a given date.

The IT projects undertaken by Connecting for Health are listed as follows:

Name of organisation

Name of project

Current estimated delivery date of project

Total estimated cost of project (£ billion)

Connecting for Health

National Programme for IT (NPfIT)

1

212.656

1 NPfIT comprises a number of separate systems and services for which, as a whole, there is no single completion date.

2 At 2004-05 prices, including local costs, as reported by the National Audit Office in its May 2008 report on NPfIT.