The CSSA Healthcare Group has sent an IT manifesto to the UK NHS Executive in a bid to help revitalise its IT plans.
The NHS has been the victim of a number of much publicised IT failures, notably the NHS Network. This was to have linked the country?s general practitioners with hospitals and health authorities.
The manifesto, which the CSSA said required the support of all parties concerned with the use and supply of technology to the sector, has been sent to Frank Burns, the NHS Executive?s new chief executive, recently appointed by the Labour government. Burns is expected to publish his IT plans early in the spring.
Dave Gregory, chairman of the CSSA Healthcare Group, said: ?The NHS Network was too ?blue horizon? - it looked for the perfect scenario but held little relevance to the day-to-day hospital workings and was of no benefit in the short term.? He believes his 10-point manifesto addresses these issues while retaining some of the original ideas.
Among the plans are regular discussions to be held between all parties involved, not just civil servants, and to establish a long term investment strategy. Gregory believes the NHS? focus is too short term, which does not encourage suppliers to pump money into research and development.
The CSSA also believes the NHS should adopt international standards instead of trying to rewrite local standards to fit the industry. Records from the NHS, Social Services and other agencies should be coordinated to form an electronic medical record, it added.
A spokesperson at the NHS Executive said the document has been received and Burns will review the ideas.
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