Posts Tagged ‘IT’

NPfIT exit costs paper expected

Monday, October 7th, 2013

It is thought that an announcement of the final exit costs of the National Programme for IT (NPFIT) will soon be made.

A “principles paper” is thought to have been prepared that looks at the various options for paying the exit costs associated with NPfIT. This will outline whether the central government or individual NHS Trusts will be responsible for bearing the costs of exiting any existing contracts, and any penalty payments associated with terminating contracts before the official transition period as well as data migration. The government is also reportedly considering a six-month extension of the contracts.

The official transition period runs from October 2014 – October 2015, but some Trusts want to exit earlier, triggering penalty payments.

Those close to the programme say early exits will be necessary to allow for a smooth transition because of the large number of trusts involved. There are 33 community and mental health organisations running CSE’s RiO and 16 acute trusts in London and the South on Cerner Millennium, under national contracts.

Trusts with systems delivered by BT in London and the south of England have two years to choose a new supplier, sign contracts and migrate to new systems.

Original Source EHI

About Pathway Software

Pathway Software (www.pathwaysoftware.com) specialises in the design and development of patient information systems for Allied Health professionals.

Its flagship product, Therapy Manager, is an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system specifically designed for Therapy Services to provide decision makers with the ability to track and manage clinical activity and analyse cost of care by patient, episode or service. The system also demonstrably reduces administration time and the costs of managing Therapy Services.

DoH £260m Tech Fund to “catalyse” NHS IT

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

A £260 million fund from the Department of Health (DoH) will be linked to NHS England’s guidance on Electronic Patient Records to “catalyse” the adoption of IT in the NHS.

The announcement of the “Digital Challenge” fund was initially made by the DoH in May, which stated it would be available to hospitals that wanted to introduce e-prescribing. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt asserted that this move came as part of a patient safety initiative.

It subsequently emerged that NHS England’s strategic systems and technology directorate will be responsible for the fund, now called the “Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards Technology Fund“. NHS England now state that this will be used to support a wider shift away from “outdated paper-based record keeping”  and towards “paperless” working.

This is not the only driver for NHS IT, as NHS England state they will be working through the new clinical commissioning system, and looking at whether IT can be built into changes to the Payment by Results system.

NHS England have also been tasked with producing guidance to get electronic records into trusts, which must have plans in place by next April. They state they are within days of submitting the guidance to the Cabinet Office’s gateway review process, and expect to issue the guidance in the first week of July. The guidance is likely to require trusts and suppliers to adopt the NHS Number and other standards when implementing new projects.

Original Source eHealth Insider

About Pathway Software

Pathway Software (www.pathwaysoftware.com) specialises in the design and development of patient information systems for Allied Health professionals.

Its flagship product, Therapy Manager, is an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system specifically designed for Therapy Services to provide decision makers with the ability to track and manage clinical activity and analyse cost of care by patient, episode or service. The system also demonstrably reduces administration time and the costs of managing Therapy Services.

NHS England publish IT and Technology Roadmap

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

NHS England is developing an NHS Technology Strategy and Roadmap, setting a national direction for NHS IT.

Putting Patients First is a business plan for 2013/14 – 2015/16 which outlines how the NHS will deliver it’s mandate from the Government. In the document, NHS England states they will “set the direction for NHS technology and informatics so that commissioners, providers and suppliers can make informed investment decisions”.

A number of key targets are outlined, such as:

  • 95% of Trusts to use the NHS Number as the prime patient identifier in clinical correspondence by January 2015

  • Development of an integrated business intelligence tool which will “provide the robust information needed for evidence based, insightful decision making for all parts of NHS England”

  • Development of a linked package of shared-decision making aids so that people can make choices in collaboration with clinicians about their treatment

  • 75% of GP practices to provide a full extract to care.data by September 2013

  • 75% of hospital trusts to provide patient level prescribing data to care.data by December 2015

  • All mental health trust providers to complete the mental health minimum data set, and publish regular information on key indicators in 2013/2014

  • All NHS patients able to leave feedback in real time on any service by 2015

  • The Friends and Family Test introduced for 100% of acute hospital inpatients and Accident and Emergency patients from April 2013 and for women who have used maternity services from October 2013

  • 30% of trusts improve their scores by 2014/15

Original Source eHealth Insider

About Pathway Software

Pathway Software (www.pathwaysoftware.com) specialises in the design and development of patient information systems for Allied Health professionals.

Its flagship product, Therapy Manager, is an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system specifically designed for Therapy Services to provide decision makers with the ability to track and manage clinical activity and analyse cost of care by patient, episode or service. The system also demonstrably reduces administration time and the costs of managing Therapy Services.

PWC find £4 billion in extra potential NHS savings

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

A report from PWC has stated that NHS organisations who are “ambitious” and “proactive” about their approach to IT could save millions of pounds annually as a result.

Last May, the Department of Health (DoH) published the “Power of Information” strategy accompanied with an impact assessment that argued the NHS could realise savings of around £5 billion from IT. The PWC report however argues that on top of this figure, an additional £4 billion could be recouped.

PWC state that £1.7 billion of these savings could be generated from:

  • The roll-out of e-prescribing in hospitals
  • Electronic Prescription Service in primary care
  • Using information to improve post-operative care
  • Commissioning and “ensuring the widespread provision of complete and accurate clinical and attendance information to clinicians and carers at the point of care, via clinical portals or other solutions”

The remaining £2.7 billion of “additional” savings are assumed to come from the NHS falling into line with the government’s wider “digital first” agenda.

The report also contains a number of recommended “additional actions” for the NHS to take, including making better use of cost and quality information, providing better choice information to patients, and using IT to drive down the cost of negligence and litigation.

Original Source eHealth Insider

About Pathway Software

Pathway Software (www.pathwaysoftware.com) specialises in the design and development of patient information systems for Allied Health professionals.

Its flagship product, Therapy Manager, is an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system specifically designed for Therapy Services to provide decision makers with the ability to track and manage clinical activity and analyse cost of care by patient, episode or service. The system also demonstrably reduces administration time and the costs of managing Therapy Services.

80% chance of NHS becoming IT world leader

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

The current Head of IT in the NHS has stated that the service has an 80% chance of being the world leader in health IT within the next 10 years.

Kate Davies made the announcement whilst speaking at the 2012 Health Informatics Congress in London yesterday.

Whilst stating that “definitely” having a world-class IT infrastructure by 2022 was “unrealistic”, she reported that the likelihood was an 8 out of 10.

“What gives me that confidence is when you see huge enthusiasm and a real understanding that there is an opportunity here. There are so many examples of GPs and hospitals doing different and innovative things with IT, all with the patient at the core and all about using information in the proper way” Davies said.

Criticisms were however made by members of the audience, specifically by small IT companies. Despite the change in direction for NHS IT, there are still fears that it will be too difficult for small companies to compete with their larger counterparts. Whilst the Department of Health has previously pledged to work with Intellect to create a ‘vibrant’ healthcare IT market, Davis said this did not mean it was her role to create a system that would allow such companies to prosper.

Professor Sir Muir Gray, director of the NHS National Knowledge Service, told the conference that the history of problems with IT in the NHS stemmed from a “managerial and culture issue” within the organisation.

Professor Iain Carpenter, president of Institute Health Records and Information Management, argued that clinicians are “fired-up”, and that significant inroads are being made towards implementing a new attitude towards IT.

“They are fired up and are getting the message that the world is changing. We do have a chance at being world beaters and I believe we are going places” Carpenter said.

Original Source The Register

About Pathway Software

Pathway Software (www.pathwaysoftware.com) specialises in the design and development of patient information systems for Allied Health professionals.

Its flagship product, Therapy Manager, is an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system specifically designed for Therapy Services to provide decision makers with the ability to track and manage clinical activity and analyse cost of care by patient, episode or service. The system also demonstrably reduces administration time and the costs of managing Therapy Services.