NHS Electronic Patient Records

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th June 2003.

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Photo of Baroness Noakes Baroness Noakes Conservative

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.

Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

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:

2000–01 £4,032

2001–02 £4,863

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).

All of the ERDIP projects have now formally completed and the lessons learned have been fed into the National Programme for Information Technology in the NHS work.

Investment by local NHS organisations on electronic patient records is not monitored centrally.

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