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NHS XP patch scratch leaves patient records wide open to HACKERS

Thousands of patient records could be left exposed to hackers, as up to 20 NHS trusts have failed to put an agreement in place with Microsoft to extend security support for Windows XP via a patch, The Register can reveal. The majority of trusts still operate Windows XP and have signed up to a £5.5m Cabinet Office agreement with …
Kat Hall, 10 Nov 2014
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NHS slow to react as Windows XP support nears the end

Many UK NHS Trusts are at risk of missing the extended cut-off deadline for Windows XP support in April 2015, according to the results of several Freedom of Information requests by software firm Citrix. Although the government acquired a support extension, the FOI request found that the trusts have been slow to make the …
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2014
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NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

Exclusive Microsoft is finding out that it doesn't always pay to play nasty with large government customers: NHS procurement bosses are telling authorities and bodies to hold firm against a wave of licensing compliance threats. As exclusively revealed by The Channel last week, Microsoft wrote to all 160 healthcare bodies across England in …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jul 2014
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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

Microsoft is playing hardball with the NHS, threatening trusts and authorities with drastically increased software payments over claimed licence violations. The tough talking comes more than a year after an organisational shift began across the NHS (April '13) saw some Primary Care Trusts and strategic health authorities …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2014
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NHS trusts beg IT suppliers to manage eHospital plan

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS foundation trust and Papworth Hospital NHS foundation trust are seeking suppliers to provide project management and IT consultancy services for the pair's eHospital programme. The programme, which aims to provide clinicians at the trusts with access to a single source of patient information, …
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NHS trusts offer £5m wad for pics and comms gear

Three health trusts in south-west England are seeking a new picture archive and communications system (Pacs). The five-year agreement, valued at a potential £5m, is being handled by Bristol and Weston NHS Purchasing Consortium on behalf of the North Bristol trust, University Hospitals Bristol foundation trust and Weston Area …
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NHS Trusts in the dark over CfH licence transfer

Local NHS Trusts are still waiting to receive licensing allocation from Connecting for Health to budget for software procurement. They are refusing to sign off new purchase orders with resellers, a year after the coalition binned its enterprise-wide agreement with Microsoft. The three-year £80m EWA was not renewed in June last …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2011
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CSC pockets £68m in truce over NHS patient database fiasco

CSC and the UK government have reached a truce over the company's central patient database cock-up: both sides have agreed to a more flexible contract until 2016 and to shelve any potential litigation. The corporation and the Department of Health (DoH) have been at the negotiating table for months now over the bungled delivery …
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2012
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NHS IT bods 'walk out' in pay row with crashed UK tech giant 2e2

A number of contractors from collapsed UK tech giant 2e2 refused to turn up for work in NHS IT today after their January pay was withheld, it is claimed. Debt-crippled 2e2 Group went into administration this week and put staff wages under "review", but its new handlers assured health service bosses that hospitals are a top …
Paul Kunert, 31 Jan 2013
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Microsoft beaten down 16pc on software sales to NHS

The UK's Cabinet Office has lifted the embargo on NHS Trusts buying Microsoft software after negotiating a double-digit discount on current pricing, according to sources familiar with the deal. As revealed by El Reg in the summer, Crown representative Stephen Kelly told trusts to freeze all but essential product spending with …
Paul Kunert, 12 Dec 2011
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NHS Trust ditches in-house servers, chucks 15TB into the cloud

NHS Trust Mersey Care is trying to eke out 15 per cent cost savings by ditching its in-house server farm in favour of SCC's OptimiseCloud platform. Mersey is the first NHS Trust in England to jump into the cloud, and is one of nine under the guidance of Informatics Merseyside, a central buying agency which signed a cloud …
Paul Kunert, 23 Nov 2012
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Capita buys chunk of troubled NHS software firm iSoft

Capita has bought part of the troubled Australian healthcare IT provider iSoft for £23m. iSoft Business Solutions (iBS) is a subsidiary that provides accounting and purchasing software to about 60 per cent of NHS trusts. The sell-off is part of an effort to reduce iSoft's £150m debt burden. iBS turned over £17.7m in the …

2e2 cloud cash fiasco puts NHS IT and biz 'over a barrel'

NHS trusts and other customers of IT giant 2e2 are stuck between a "rock and a hard place" after their worst nightmares of cloud computing came true. Hospital bosses and private businesses relied on the integrator to operate their outsourced cloud systems - but 2e2's administrators demanded extra cash last week to keep those …
Paul Kunert, 08 Feb 2013
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NHS told: freeze all Microsoft spend

The Cabinet Office is halting all but emergency purchases of Microsoft software in the NHS as it negotiates a pan-government procurement deal with the software giant. The Crown Representative, headed by former Micro Focus CEO Stephen Kelly – appointed by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude in April – is leading talks with 20 …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jul 2011
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Industry vet rocks up at Phoenix Software

Industry and distribution veteran Johnny Ellis has crossed into reseller land for the first time, rocking up as sales and marketing director at York-based Microsoft enterprise licensing partner Phoenix Software. Ellis, who only exited Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions at the end of November, will also control the S&M …
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2014

Win Server 2003 custom support: That's NOT going to be fun

Microsoft could make a mint from charging businesses for custom support once Windows Server 2003 goes end of life next summer - but it may not make financial sense or be that easy to do so. There are millions of servers globally still running the 13 year-old OS with one in five customers forecast to miss the 14 July deadline …
Paul Kunert, 15 Dec 2014
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NHS loses massive Microsoft licensing rebate

Software licensing in the National Health Service is about to get a lot more complicated, and a lot more expensive. Back in 2004 the Office of Government Commerce signed a massive deal with Microsoft to provide all desktop software within the NHS. This followed some very high-level lobbying from both Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer …
John Oates, 15 Jul 2010
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iSoft in critical condition as NHS trusts seek alternatives

Updated The government's vision of an integrated computer system for the NHS is coming apart at the seams as NHS trusts are to start looking for alternative IT suppliers, The Guardian reports. iSoft is the main software partner in the not-so-much-loved National Programme for IT (NPfIT), but delays are now so long and managers under …
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Mar 2007
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MPs: This paperless health service plan isn't worth the paper it isn't written on

MPs doubt that the Health Secretary's plans to make the NHS paperless by 2018 will be on time and budget, based on Whitehall's shambolic handling of the abandoned electronic health care record system. The widely derided National Programme for IT (NPfIT) was first signed off by ministers in 2002 under the previous Labour …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Sep 2013
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Cloud silo and services firm UKFast hires personal shopper

Cloud silo and server hosting service provider UKFast, which owns three data centres across the UK and claims Coutts private bank and NHS trusts among its customers, has brought on board an M&A specialist to help it embark on a UK acquisition spree. UKFast claims it had previously lost acquisition targets to rivals because it …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013
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HP and Epic 'preferred bidders' for UK eHospital plan

Cambridge University Hospitals and Papworth Hospital NHS foundation trusts have named HP and Epic as preferred bidders for the implemenation of a common technology platform, including the deployment of an electronic patient record system (EPR). The programme, known as eHospital, will see the two trusts move from their individual …

Every man, woman and child in the UK paid HP £21 last year

The government spends billions of pounds on IT every year. While individual projects often make the news when investigated by auditors and select committees, the overall picture is less well-known. But it IS big business – both because of how much is spent, but also because just a few big businesses suck up very large amounts of …
SA Mathieson, 12 Nov 2013
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Therapy for 2e2 survivors: Online confab on 12 April at 2pm BST

Live Chat IT contractor 2e2 collapsed under the weight of more than £270m in debt in January. Creditors had grown tired of backing an ambitious 10-year acquisition spree that saw 2e2 pay top dollar and left its management saddled with a debt they couldn't pay. The final blow, while anticipated, was jaw-droppingly swift. One of the …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Apr 2013
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NHS trust deploys target-meeting software

A London NHS trust has got itself a new shiny IT system that it hopes will help it meet government targets on patient referral-to-treatment times. The University College London Hospital (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust is rolling out a patient tracking system from long-time IT partner LogicaCMG. The software is designed to keep …
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Sep 2007
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NHS IT costs hospitals dear

More bad news for the UK government's NHS IT programme - cash-strapped health authorities are having to pay millions in compensation to Fujitsu and CSC . When contracts were first set up by central government, NHS trusts promised to provide staff to help work on the new systems. But according to reports, health authorities in …
John Oates, 06 Jun 2006

Trustmarque completes £43m MBO

Management at Trustmarque Solutions (TMS) have completed a buy-out of the business for £43m with the financial backing of mid-market private equity specialist Dunedin. The MBO was headed by CEO Scott Haddow and sales and marketing director Angelo di Ventura, a pair that were brought on board by previous VC partner Lloyds …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jun 2013

Lawyer: 2e2 customers should act quickly as liquidation looms

Any 2e2 customers that clung on in the hope a buyer could be found for fallen channel giant must act now to minimise disruption to service, a law firm has warned. More than a week has passed since 2e2's 10 UK subsidiaries were placed in the hands of FTI Consulting, and the administrator seems to have run out of potential buyers …
Paul Kunert, 06 Feb 2013
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Crash! Power spike takes out NHS servers

Computer crash investigators are looking for the “unusual” factors that left up to 80 NHS trusts sharing the same data centre without patient information systems while private sector organisations had their services restored with little delay. 80 NHS customers using CSC's foremost British data centre in Maidstone, Kent, had …
Mark Ballard, 02 Aug 2006
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Accenture NHS exit confirmed

Connecting for Health, the UK government agency running the £12.5bn National Programme for IT, has confirmed that two of its five main regional contracts are to change hands. Accenture, which holds the NHS contracts to supply the National Programme systems to the North East and Eastern regional health clusters, has conceded to …
Mark Ballard, 28 Sep 2006

VC plans to flog or float public sector biz Civica next year

Private equity backers of public sector services and software player Civica are reportedly gearing up to punt or float the business early next year. Venture capitalist 3i is reviewing its options, says the FT. This comes more than four years after 3i forked out £190m to take the one-time AIM-listed operation private. Investment …
Paul Kunert, 03 Oct 2012
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NHS farce leads to lost data

Exclusive Primitive backup procedures at Bexley Care Trust have led to the loss of email, contact, calendar, and schedule data across two NHS trusts. Bexley provided the Exchange email systems for itself and Greenwich Primary Care Trust (PCT) until the system went kaput last week. This would not have been a problem if Bexley had …
Mark Ballard, 04 Jul 2006
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Health minister outlines tech spending

Tory MP for Hove Mike Weatherley has been bombarding the Ministry of Health with questions on its technology spending, but he's having mixed success. The first effort on Tuesday asked for a percentage of NHS IT spending which went on online services, a percentage of spending on technology which could only be maintained by its …
John Oates, 01 Jul 2010
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Accenture: NHS failure is 'track record for success'

The company that gave up two failing NHS contracts today tried to paper over the cracks and claimed it had all been a roaring success. After months of negotiations, Accenture handed contracts worth £2bn over to rival Computer Sciences Corporation after getting paid just £110m for spending a third of the allotted 10 years on the …
Mark Ballard, 28 Sep 2006
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BT takes 40% of CfH spending

Connecting for Health spent £470m with BT last year, more than twice as much as went to CSC. BT's dominance of health service IT has been revealed by government figures showing the firm received more than two-fifths of NHS Connecting for Health's 2009-10 £1.1bn supplier budget. The data, released by the Department of Health ( …
Kable, 08 Sep 2010
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NHS IT charade re-played

The £12.4bn National Programme for IT might not have been good value for money, said the National Audit Office on the publication of its report on the scheme only 10 days ago. This story had changed when the report's findings were quizzed by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee earlier this week. Sir John Bourne, …
Mark Ballard, 28 Jun 2006

Titsup 2e2's data centre dustup gave UK users the CLOUD FEAR

When 2e2 Group suddenly collapsed earlier this year, owing over £400m to trade creditors and stranding a rake of customers from NHS trusts to the Bank of England, a gigantic question mark instantly formed over the cloud. Many customers already had concerns about keeping control of their assets in the cloud. 2e2's rapid collapse …
Steve Bell, 26 Apr 2013

Bit9 wants to bin 'broken' antivirus, install whitelisting tech

Infosec 2012 Bit9 is using the Infosec show as a launchpad for its move into Europe as part of its wider ambitions to displace traditional antivirus technologies from corporate desktops and data centres. The firm is marketing its brand of trust-based application control and whitelisting as a better way of tackling the growing malware menace …
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2012
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Sir Alan Sugar hails £30m 'equitable' Viglen win

Viglen, the UK PC maker, has won a Office of Government Commerce contract worth up to £30m to supply public sector organisations with 70,000 PCs. Its chairman, Sir Alan Sugar, is very pleased indeed. “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract on an equitable basis”, he says. Does this suggest to you that he thinks some …
Team Register, 05 May 2009
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Mandelson puts reassuring arm around small firms

Comeback kid Lord Peter Mandelson will tell MPs later today that he is attempting to speed up the release of £1bn of European Investment Bank money for small businesses. The government has also pledged to pay small businesses within 10 days by working closely with NHS trusts in England, local authorities and other public sector …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2008
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iSoft's £82m City sweetener

iSoft Plc, the beleaguered NHS software provider, has been given two large chunks of cash totalling close to £82m over the last two years, the government has admitted. An initial payment of £58m was made at the end of April 2005 with a further £23.8m paid out in April this year - just days before the company's financial year …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Sep 2006
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Prices slashed by e-auction

Twelve public sector organisations have used an electronic auction to achieve record savings on IT hardware, according to the Office of Government Commerce (OGC). OGC, the Treasury purchasing agency, announced it has saved £2.7m on computer hardware through its latest e-auction. It claims it delivered a 41 per cent reduction …
Kablenet, 08 Jun 2006
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Reckless loss of laptop data? ICO calls for stiff fines

Information Commissioner Richard Thomas told the House of Lords this week that doctors should be fined up to £5,000 if they lose confidential patient data. Giving evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee, Thomas said: "If a doctor, or hospital [worker] leaves a laptop containing patients' records in his car and it …
John Oates, 16 Nov 2007
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HCI admits failing poor

Industry representatives of the Home Computing Initiative (HCI) were talking with the government about changing the scheme so minimum wage workers could reap its benefits, just a week before it was scrapped. HCI was meant to help bridge the digital divide (between those who can afford to buy home computers and those who can't) …
Mark Ballard, 28 Mar 2006

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