NHS: IT Strategy

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th January 2010.

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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.

Photo of Baroness Thornton Baroness Thornton Government Whip, Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

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


(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.

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