The National Health Service has said the first phase of its long-delayed iSoft Lorenzo software implementation will be completed in June, more than three years later than its originally planned launch date.
An NHS Connecting for Health spokesperson told Computerworld UK: “Implementation of Lorenzo is being planned in four stages. Release one of the Lorenzo solution will be available for deployment by the early adopters from June 2008, and the first implementation is expected later that month.”
The first roll out is understood to be in Morecambe Bay, South Birmingham and Bradford.
The spokesperson added: “NHS Connecting for Health is working closely with CSC [Computer Sciences Corporation], its strategic partners, the SHAs [strategic health advisers] and the early adopter NHS Trusts to roll out the Lorenzo integrated healthcare solution.”
Software supplier iSoft was contracted to provide its Lorenzo care records system – a crucial element of the £12.4bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT) – in three out of five regions where CSC is the lead NPfIT contractor. The original schedule was for late 2004.
In 2006, iSoft began seeking a buyer after reporting a string of losses and being hit by a Financial Services Authority investigation into accounting irregularities.
Last November, the government called on NHS IT contractors to spell out their delivery deadlines.
The updated timeline confirms a statement made last year by NHS Connecting for Health that the system would be rolled out by CSC in mid-2008.