Category Archives: Healthcare


Smoking kills 2

It has long been known that smoking causes lung cancer and lung cancer can cause death (death normally being classed as a bad thing). Apart from premature death, there are a number of other things that happen as a result of smoking (the following information available on the website for ASH – Action on Smoking […]


The ambulance IT system

I read this article and was shocked. “Urgent talks are underway to save a computerised capacity and activity monitoring system (CAMS) used to direct ambulances to hospitals best placed to deal with patients after PCTs in the East of England SHA withdrew their funding. The East Anglian Ambulance Trust and acute trusts across Norfolk, Suffolk […]


The NHS Programme for I.T. (Part 3)

The first of the remaining parts of the NPfIT I’m going to cover is the new communications service, NHSmail. According to the Connecting for Health website, the new service (which replaces the existing Microsoft Exchange setup) is: A national directory of people in the NHS, containing the name, email addresses, telephone numbers, name and address […]


The NHS Programme for I.T. (Part 2)

This part covers the Patient Care Records System (CRS) because I believe it’s one of the most important parts of the whole setup. Without accurate records it’s makes everything so much harder. They also have to be retrievable quickly. It’s possible that it could make things much better if done properly though. The terms of […]


The NHS Programme for I.T. (Part 1)

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear – where shall I start? It seems like such a good thing in theory – getting all the technology up to date is excellent – theoretically reducing failures and improving efficiency – the latter happening with appropriate staff training. However, it is something that has had problems from the […]