LinuxMedNews: Open Letter to UK’s NHS IT Director

[ Thanks to Tim
for this link. ]

“Certainly your experience in working with divergent systems
will be invaluable in establishing national standards and bringing
together the various systems. There is a great need to be able to
not only share information between systems. The ability to do
something as simple as move a patient record from GP to another,
while maintaining the context integrity of the record would be

“Considering your lack of direct exposure to healthcare
information systems I assume you will be choosing an experienced
team to advise you? Maybe some people from the BCS HIC and of
course the people on the PRIMIS project have first hand knowledge
of the problems with interfacing healthcare systems and data

“I also trust that you have an open mind about open source
software as well. Cliches such as ‘no one has ever been fired for
buying Microsoft’ may not be true for much longer. While many
endusers and especially those that are active in the open source
healthcare community have known of these security weaknesses.
knowingly using software that exposes private patient data to
disclosure has to be a violation of the RFA. Isn’t it…?”


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