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Cough up the hairball and make NHS technology open

Aug 12, 2011, 01:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Dyke)

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"The NHS technology environment could be described as a giant hairball – a Gordian knot of past policies, established practices, new initiatives and government objectives and an ever changing landscape of opportunity from new technology. Openness, in all its many forms, offers a way to escape from the hairball.

"Openness comes in many forms: open source, open standards, open data, open publishing – the list goes on. Openness is growing. Open source and open standards are in the ICT strategy documents of the Cabinet Office, the Welsh Government and in some form in the NHS IT Strategy too."

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