The woefully wired world of health service computing

Konrad Jamrozik, Richard F Heller and David P Weller
Med J Aust 2005; 182 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2005.tb06812.x
Published online: 6 June 2005

Health services need state-of-the-art health information systems

One could be forgiven for expecting that a nation that cracked the Enigma code, and, more recently, assigned all of its citizens a unique health service number, would possess an enviable health information system that made the planning, delivery and evaluation of medical services a seamless and simultaneously sophisticated exercise. But the United Kingdom is a nation where trains are regularly stopped by snow, leaves and even clouds — the latter apparently because clouds interfere with the onboard geographical positioning systems “talking” to geostationary satellites.

  • 1 School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Evidence for Population Health Unit, School of Epidemiology and Health Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
  • 3 Department of General Practice, Division of Community Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.



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