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NHS: IT Strategy

Volume 716: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 20 October (WA 62), what were in March 2007 and March 2009 and what are forecast to be in March 2010 the total number of front-line systems installed by the NHS National Programme for IT under the headings (a) electronic prescription service, (b) choose and book, (c) general practitioner systems, (d) Map of Medicine, (e) GP2GP record transfer, (f) Acute Hospital Trust Patient Administration Systems, (g) Picture Archiving and Communications Systems, (h) radiology systems, (i) theatre systems, (j) accident and emergency systems, (k) community systems, (l) child health systems, (m) mental health trust patient administration systems, (n) prior systems, and (o) other systems; and what is the estimated number of further systems under each heading required to complete the National Programme for IT after March 2010. [HL829]

The information is in the following table.

March 2007

March 2009

March 2010 (l)

Electronic Prescription service (EPS) - GP

1,812

6,583

6,987

EPS - Pharmacy

2,790

8,836

9,247

Choose & Book

6,984

7,464

7,532

General Practitioner systems

591

904

1,122

Map of Medicine

149

273

331

GP2GP record transfer

613

4,958

5,209

Acute Hospital Trust Patient Administration Systems (2)

19

43

62

Picture Archiving and Communication systems (3)

258

304

304

Radiology systems (3)

44

71

71

Theatre systems

21

33

54

Accident and Emergency systems

16

37

42

Community systems

42

43

70

Child Health systems

44

64

113

Mental Health Trust Patient Administration systems (2)

18

25

26

Community Patient Administration Systems (2)

59

78

82

Prior systems

n/a

n/a

n/a

Notes:

(1) Forecast deployment information is accurate as at 31 December 2009, but is subject to change.

(2) Figures include deployments of the Lorenzo Care Management deployment unit/module.

(3) Figures are for the number of site installations within Trusts. The final deployments as part of the national programme took place prior to 31 March 2009.

Plans for the pace and scale of future deployments beyond 2009-10 are currently being reviewed in the light of announcements made in the Pre-budget Report, and of the evolving information technology needs of the National Health Service.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the total financial savings and the annualised recurring savings from the NHS National Programme for IT at (a) 31 March 2007, and (b) 31 March 2009. [HL831]

In March 2008, the Department published the National Programme for IT in the NHS: Benefits Statement 2006/07. The document included an appendix listing actual reported, and annualised recurrent, cash-releasing savings attributable to the programme as at 31 March 2007, totalling £208 millions and £119 millions respectively.

In response to a report on the programme published in January 2009 by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the department is reassessing the methodology used to capture the programme's benefits. The department is committed to finding a new approach with the aim of combining publication of the annual benefits statement with a first Annual Report of Progress on the Programme to 31 March 2010. This will include reliable estimates of overall costs and benefits and will be auditable.