HSC’s £9.7m. project fails to deliver

A MULTI-MILLION pound electronic health records project that failed to deliver a single patient record – one of its principal objectives – has not been completed within its 10-year schedule and is to be shut down.

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Deputy Heidi Soulsby, president of the Committee for Health & Social Care, has vowed to publish a post-implementation review of the £9.7m. Electronic Health and Social Care Record System, which was approved by deputies back in December 2016 2006.

The shared medical records system was supposed to be delivered within 10 years, and in 2014 was allocated an additional £600,000 to fund contract staff for its final design.

A spokesperson for Health & Social Care confirmed that the final ‘major software aspect of the programme’ was not due to be completed until later this year.

‘The EHSCR programme was approved in 2006 and included a series of initiatives that focused on improving information management and electronic systems within health and social care and its healthcare partners,’ they said.

‘Since 2006, various new systems have been implemented as part of the project. However, as advised by Deputy Soulsby last year, formal closure of this project is now required in order that resources can be aligned with the transformation programme.

‘ICT has a big future in changing the way we do things in health and social care, both for staff and service users, helping more mobile working and enabling greater independence.’

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