Lessons from the NHS National Programme for IT

Siaw-Teng Liaw and Douglas I R Boyle
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01069.x
Published online: 4 June 2007

To the Editor: Coiera accurately described some lessons from the United Kingdom’s experience with health information technology1 that should be noted by potential “fast followers”, such as Australia’s National E-Health Transition Authority (

  • School of Rural Health, University of Melbourne, Shepparton, VIC.


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