Written evidence from British Telecom|
BT is one of the main suppliers to the National Programme
for IT in the NHS delivering three key contracts. Below are some
key bullet points detailing progress so far:
Local Service Provider - in London and the South
of England: BT is working with community, acute and mental health
trusts to deliver clinical information systems which are connecting
care teams together and transforming the way patient care is delivered.
systems and services are working in 80 NHS organisations across
London and the South of England, with over 170,000 registered
archiving and communications systems, which enable images such
as X-rays and scans to be stored electronically and viewed on
screens, are now in use in every acute hospital in London, every
day, with images now being made available for sharing between
- the electronic patient record system - has been installed at
62 community and mental health trusts in London and the South
of England, giving health professionals instant access to patient
clinical information, which used to take up to 24 hours with previous
trusts have been more challenging owing to greater scale and complexity
but progress has been made and, to date, BT has installed the
Cerner Millennium electronic patient record systems at six acute
trusts in London - and is managing systems at a further two acute
is also managing Cerner Millennium at seven acute trusts in the
South of England, and it has upgraded five of these trusts to
the latest configuration of Cerner, taking them on a journey to
benefit from more clinical functionality.
is due to install new systems to four further acute trusts by
the end of the 2011-12 financial year, and continues to work with
existing trusts to upgrade their systems.
N3 - the secure national broadband network built
and managed by BT for the NHS
of Europe's largest virtual private networks, it connects every
NHS organisation across England and Scotland and 1.3 million NHS
old and more expensive technology, it has saved the NHS £192
million so far.
supports key national applications for healthcare workers and
patients, including electronic hospital booking and the electronic
transfer of prescriptions.
also helping the NHS to make efficiency and quality improvements.
The N3 network now offers voice services, allowing 100 NHS trusts
to benefit from reduced internal phone calls lower calls to mobiles.
also supports a managed national videoconferencing service that
is expected to save up to £160 million on travel costs when
The NHS Spine service: a highly secure database of
patient information and a powerful messaging system which supports
key NHS services.
hosts a personal demographics service, which holds the names,
addresses, gender and NHS numbers for more than 70 million patients
cared for by the NHS in England.
other functions, the Spine manages requests for patient details.
Identifying where the information is held, it returns the results
in milliseconds, routing more than two billion messages between
accredited IT systems every year.
than 900,000 Smartcards have been issued to NHS staff, meaning
they have been registered and approved to access the Spine and
will be able to view - subject to appropriate and strictly enforced
controls - a patient's clinical and demographic information electronically.
services it supports are being used more every day. Over 25 million
appointments have been booked electronically so far with Choose
and Book and one million medical records have been transferred
electronically from GP to GP.
than six million summary care records have been created on the
Spine - electronic records that give healthcare staff faster,
easier access to essential information about patients. These records
contain basic information such as current medications, allergies
and previous bad reactions to medicines.
of the Spine, the Secondary Uses Service provides secure access
to national integrated healthcare information which can be analysed
to help the NHS plan its operations and improve outcomes.