DH Ended Long Running Dispute with CSC

NHSIn a much awaited move, British government has finally ended the lingering issue of introducing electronic care records to hospitals. It was confirmed that over £1bn saved from the failed National Programme for IT (NPfIT) would be now injected to the local level NHS bodies after the government managed to resolve the long running crisis with Computer Sciences Corporation.

Though there were high chances that the government would cancel the contract with CSC to deliver large number of electronic records, this recent development has certainly raised the hopes. Even a former Department of Health chief information officer had indicated that if in case the government cancelled the contract, it would put the government under tight spot.

Elated with the recent development, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley claimed that this would offer clinicians to make effective use of NHS IT. However, there is limit for technology to be incubated in the system to an extent that smartphones would be used to video call colleagues instead of reaching out to the patients who for long have been waiting for appointments.

“We are now putting local clinicians in the driving seat, able to reap the benefits of the explosion in information and technology which is reshaping the world beyond the NHS”, said Lansley.

Though the Department of Health has been in close touch with the company for the past one year to resolve the matter, it was found that there were laxities on the part of the company too. The CSC was deem to deliver Lorenzo electronic patient records to trusts in the north, Midlands and east of England, but it could not deliver the results in the end.

Even there were chances that that company might file legal suit against the government if the contract is scrapped, but it was only after the constant negotiations with the DH that sorted things out for both the parties involved.