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Heart Surgeon to Take Charge of IT in NHS

Magazine article Public Finance

Heart Surgeon to Take Charge of IT in NHS

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The Department of Health has appointed a leading heart surgeon to oversee the NHSs use of IT.

NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, formerly director of surgery at the Heart Hospital, University College London Hospitals Trust will also become director general for informatics. He will replace the DoHs interim chief information officer, Matthew Swindells, who is to join consultancy Tribal.

The DoH has also advertised the two posts that will lead the NHSs IT development and the £12.4bn National Programme for IT following the departure of director general of IT Richard Granger earlier this year. These are chief information officer and director of programme and system delivery.

The National Programme, the world's largest computer project, is running late and has been sharply criticised by the Commons Public Accounts Committee. It has also come under fire from doctors, who are particularly critical of plans to put detailed patient records on a national NHS data 'spine'. …

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