Monday, August 08, 2011

MVNHS©: That does not compute!

Last time we looked at Electronic Medical Records (EMR), we noted that early-adopter Google had finally thrown in the towel. Now, that still left more than a few players in that market, but it (again) raised the question as to the viability, let alone the effectiveness, of this phenomenon.

Well, we need wait no longer:

"A plan to create the world's largest single civilian computer system linking all parts of the National Health Service is to be abandoned by the Government after running up billions of pounds in bills."


The premise behind this effort was a centralized data repository, administered (for lack of a better term) by the Much Vaunted National Health Service© itself. As is typical of nationalized health care "systems," of course, the whole effort cost, well, tonnes of pounds, with precious little (to be charitable about it) to show for it:

"The department has been unable to demonstrate what benefits have been delivered from the £2.7bn spent on the project so far," Margaret Hodge, chair of the PAC, said." [ed: PAC is The Commons Public Accounts Committee, which seems to be analogous to our own CBO]

So we have a bloated, inefficient bureaucracy which spends wads of taxpayer cash on a gargantuan and ill-conceived system, which is finally scrapped when it becomes blindingly obvious that it's an epic waste of resources.

Sound familiar?
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