asked Her Majesty's Government:
How much has been spent on electronic patient records projects in each of the three years ended 2002–03 (a) from central funds and (b) from local National Health Service funds.
Central funding for electronic patient records projects had been in the context of the Electronic Record Development and Implementation Programme (ERDIP) for the National Health Service in England.
The ERDIP projects were funded to a total of £12.7 million for the three year period ended March 2003. The breakdown by year (£000) is:
2002–03 £3,843 (this amount includes £2,635,000 from the National Programme for Health Records Infrastructure, Integrated Care Records Services and National Patients Record Analysis Service work).
Investment by local NHS organisations on electronic patient records is not monitored centrally.