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By Baselinemag  |  Posted 2006-11-13 Print this article Print

The British government budgeted close to $12 billion to transform its health-care system with information technology. The result: possibly the biggest and most complex technology project in the world and one that critics, including two Members of Parliame

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U.K. Dept. of Health Base Case

Headquarters: Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London, England SW1A 2NS

Phone: 020 7210 4850

Chief Executive: Patricia Hewitt, Health Secretary

Chief Technology Officer: Richard Granger, Director General of I.T., National Health Service (NHS)

Financials in 2005: The Department of Health has a budget in excess of 27 billion pounds ($50 billion U.S.).

Challenge: The National Program for Information Technology is a 10-year initiative to deploy new computer systems, reform the way the NHS uses technology and, in the process, improve services and the quality of patient care. Baseline Goals

  • Connect electronically more than 100,000 doctors, 380,000 nurses and 50,000 other health-care workers.
  • Store health information on 50 million people in England.
  • Reduce the time it takes to send medical images, such as X-rays, from about four minutes to less than one minute.

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