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[News] Failure in Proprietary Software Calls for Free Software Use

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When it comes to IT, big is not beautiful

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| Second, we need to follow the example of businesses all over the world and 
| take advantage of “open source” technology. Open source is a way of 
| developing software so that the source code is made openly available to 
| licensed users. It started out as a communal philosophy but it's now 
| mainstream. It has been harnessed by companies such as Amazon and Bebo to 
| enable them to keep down costs and more easily improve their products. 
| Amazon, for example, estimates that using open source has slashed its IT 
| spending by a quarter. And 20 per cent of online Europeans - including me - 
| now use the open source Mozilla browser to surf the internet. Unfortunately 
| the Government is lagging far behind, with open-source suppliers all too 
| often locked out of its contracts.          



National Health Service Islington Selects Pentaho Business Intelligence to
Improve Patient Services

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| Pentaho Corporation, the commercial open sourcealternative for business
| intelligence(BI), today announced that National Health Service (NHS)
| Islington hasdeployed Pentaho BI Suite Enterprise Edition for data mining,
| reporting, andextract, transform, and load (ETL)capabilities. The
| application, implemented by Pentaho Certified PartnerThotWave Technologies,
| allows NHS Islington to identify high-risk patientsand initiate preventative
| care, leading to lower hospital admissions,operating costs and healthcare
| spend.


UK's £12.7 billion NHS scheme in trouble

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| Currently the only thing saving the project is the high cost of cancelling
| contracts with IT suppliers. In other words, the government has wasted so
| much dosh already, it might as well try to plug in the lemon.


Costs for the NHS National Programme for IT continue to escalate

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| The cost of the NHS's National Programme for IT has risen dramatically.
| Questions in the House of Commons to the Minister of State for Health
| Services, Ben Bradshaw, published in Hansard on the 1st of September, appear
| to reveal that BT will now be paid £1bn for supplying the national data spine
| for the NPfT, rather than the originally contracted fee of £620m.


How Healthy are the Views of the BCS?

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| This is very worrying: if Britain's leading computing institution thinks that
| Internet Explorer is the acme of safe, fast, standards-based browsing, it
| could probably do with some healthcare itself.


BCS to review NHS IT for Tories

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| Shadow health secretary Stephen O'Brien MP has commissioned an independent
| report from the British Computer Society on what English health service IT
| should look like in five years' time.
| Beyond that patient-based records will form the basis of NHS informatics, no
| assumptions are being made, according the review's chair Dr Glyn Hayes, past
| chair of the BCS Health Informatics Forum.


Chaos as £13bn NHS computer system falters

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| A £13bn overhaul of the NHS records system has suffered so many problems that
| hospitals have struggled to keep track of people requiring operations,
| patients with suspected MRSA and potential cancer sufferers needing urgent
| consultations.



NHS chief explains NPfIT delays

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| The chief executive of the National Health Service has told MPs that
| complexity and customisation have been the main causes in delaying England's
| National Programme for IT.


NHS IT 'at least four years late'

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| It will be at least 2014 - four years later than planned - before a single
| NHS electronic patient records system is in place in England, say auditors.


NHS IT loses its interim head

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| The project threatens to be the world's largest ever public sector IT
| project. Provider Accenture withdrew from it in 2006 and another key partner,
| healthcare records provider iSoft, got stuck in a lengthy takeover battle
| before being bought by IBA in October 2007.  
| The £12bn project is already running late and has struggled to win the hearts
| and minds of healthcare professionals.


UK Gov department's IT spend is £2 billion over budget

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| THE DEPARTMENT for Work and Pensions has admitted the true cost over-runs of
| its IT projects.


Lawmaker blasts U.K. government on Microsoft policy

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| "A member of Parliament of the United Kingdom has launched a stinging
| attack on the U.K. government's IT strategy, saying that it has given
| Microsoft too much control.
| John Pugh, who is a member of Parliament, or MP, for Southport and a
| member of the Public Accounts Committee, was speaking in an
| adjournment debate on Tuesday that he had called. The aim of the
| debate, he said, was to explore the alternatives to using Microsoft
| software, including open source."
| [...]


Interview with Richard M. Stallman

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| It is important to know this because we will always face pressure, from those
| who are powerful and would like to take away our freedom, to surrender our
| freedom—and they frequently offer us something attractive in exchange. For
| instance, B’liar wanted to abolish the Rights of Englishmen, and to serve his
| American master, Bush, faithfully; so he offered Britons “protection” from
| this or that, plus the imagined idea that he influences his master on their
| behalf through the “special relationship”.


iSoft in critical condition as NHS trusts seek alternatives

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| The government's vision of an integrated computer system for the
| NHS is coming apart at the seams as NHS trusts are to start looking
| for alternative IT suppliers, The Guardian reports.


Microsoft in the NHS

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| Microsoft is one of the key technology firms in the £6.2 billion NHS
| IT programme. It is working particularly closely with iSOFT ...


Prescription for an I.T. Disaster?

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| In 2002, the British government embarked on a $12 billion effort to
| transform its health-care system with information technology. But
| the country's oversight agency now puts that figure at $24 billion,
| and two Members of Parliament say the project is "sleepwalking
| toward disaster."


NHS computer boss failed IT exams

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| Mary Granger is amazed that her son was put in charge of a £20bn
| project to transform the NHS's computer system. She is less
| surprised that his 'Connecting for Health' project is over-budget,
| behind schedule and threatening to become the biggest IT disaster
| in history.


NHS Scotland pools budget for Microsoft savings

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| NHS National Services Scotland forecasts it will save up to £8m over
| three years from a new procurement deal with Microsoft


Accenture escapes £1bn penalty for NHS walk-out

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| Accenture, the IT and consultancy firm has avoided huge penalty fees for
| withdrawing from the UK National Programme for IT (NPfIT).


Accenture: NHS failure is 'track record for success'

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| After months of negotiations, Accenture handed contracts worth £2bn over
| to rival Computer Sciences Corporation after getting paid just £110m
| for spending a third of the allotted 10 years on the job. Its hand had
| been forced by losses of $450m it was set to make on the deal this
| year.


CfH refutes computer failure claims

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| "Very often they are not major incidents as such, but could be caused when
| a patient administration system is running slow or there may be problems
| with the local network. The severity level is attributed by the user and
| this is subsequently very often down graded or amended."
| Many of the incidents that have been reported by CfH include failure of
| the systems used by surgeons to see X-ray pictures on a computer screen
| in wards and operating theatres. On some occasions the system is believed
| to have crashed during an operation, forcing surgeons to suspend the
| procedure while a hard copy of the X-ray is found.


NHS Direct all better

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| NHS Direct is back online this afternoon after going on the sick
| with a server error earlier today.
| According to Netcraft, the Windows 2000 server at the bargain
| basement hypochondriac magnet modern, accessible public healthcare
| resource was rebooted today. See here.
| Whatever malady did for the box, it was "unexpected", as the message
| on the site explained for most of today.
| NHS Direct was unavailable for comment at time of writing.

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