Showing posts from February, 2007

Central NHS database

Surely a centralised database costing millions and being delayed is not the way forward?If we have learnt nothing from the Internet surely its that you only have to design the protocol and then let others decide on the implementation? If the NHS decided it wanted electronic records it could have them within the year. Most doctors have software to manage their practices and print prescriptions. Now if the NHS defined a standard XML schema for exchanging data you would be sure all those companies supplying the doctors IT systems would be developing adding the feature to the software, who would want to be left behind and risk losing a customer?
Ah, but what about resilience I hear you say. Clearly that could be covered using P2P protocols. If the information exchange was over a standard P2P network, hospitals would become supernodes with community doctors just being the peers. You can buy off the shelf P2P cache systems that will ensure your data is available and at a speed. Sun has alre…