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Lorenzo “not yet stable” says Connelly

18 November 2010   Jon Hoeksma

Department of Health director general of informatics Christine Connelly has said that Lorenzo Release 1.9 is not yet stable at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, the first site to which it was deployed six months ago.

In an exclusive interview with E-Health Insider, Connelly said the latest version of the electronic patient record software, bought by the Department of Health for trusts in the North, Midlands and East of England, is not yet stable or ready for wider deployment by local service provider CSC.

In October, EHI reported that the lead clinician at Morecambe Bay had said the software wasn't ready at launch.

In September, EHI reported that Morecambe Bay had launched a stabilisation plan to try and bring under control a host of problems with its Lorenzo EPR.

Updating the situation, following the October go-live of Lorenzo at Birmingham Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Connelly, said: “In terms of NME we continue to be focused on ensuring that release version 1.9 of Lorenzo has been stabilised, and once that has been achieved we can move to wider roll out.”

Birmingham Women’s became the third to go live in October and is now due to be followed by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, the first mental health trust to take Lorenzo release 1.9, in 2011.

However, in her interview Connelly says there is a lot of work to do at Morecambe Bay. “No the product is not yet stable. We are cautiously optimistic about Birmingham Women’s, but we’ve still not yet stabilised Morecambe Bay.”

Connelly confirms that Lorenzo 1.9 must to be installed in four different sites for a release key milestone to be signed off and the way opened for further deployments, which she suggests could potentially occur simultaneously.

“Once we get to that point we’ll be able to do many implementations in parallel,” says Connelly. “Until the product is stable you can’t do that.”


Related Articles:

News: NHS Bury reaches Lorenzo anniversary | 3 November 2010
8 News: Morecambe: Lorenzo software 'not ready' | 28 October 2010
10 News: Morecambe Bay creates stabilisation plan | 16 September 2010
Last updated: 11 December 2010 11:02

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MeAgain 189 weeks ago

Admittedly it can take considerable time for a new system to stabilise at at Trust. As somebody who has been through GE Carecast and many, many Cerner go-lives I know this very well and it is widely recognised by those of us who move around supporting Trusts a lot.

However... with all the problems that have afflicted Lorenzo, isn't it about time to put this system to bed just as GE Carecast was all those years ago? Surely it's time to bring on another contender for this.


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It is I, LeClerc 192 weeks ago

I have to agree, there was pressure and unrealistic promises from the SHA CIOs for Trusts to sign up for LPT acute product. They had (still have) a line of responsibility to Mrs.C, which often seemed to overcome support to their Trusts. They may well say they were "only following orders" but they would quite happily have seen all their Trusts committ to Lorenze or Cerner regardless of the consequences that Mrs.C now points out to us. How dumb of us not to have noticed that for ourselves.


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Charles Gallagher 192 weeks ago

So CSC are acting like the famous pet shop owner in the classic sketch.

Its not dead its a Norwegian blue variety of Lorenzo, its "pinin for the fjords"

Come on Christine tell CSC to change parrots and get on with delivering something that works with thier new reduced scope contract.

And to quote the immortal sketch:

'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!


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Anonyymouse 192 weeks ago

Do you think it will be usable before the human race masters space travel and leaves the planet?

7 years is a long time to deliver a product.


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Daniel Defoe 192 weeks ago

Ah, the famous "I was only obeying orders" excuse. C'mon Anne; you can't really be suggesting that those highly paid CIOs were really puppets, can you?


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Anne Onnymous 192 weeks ago

Daniel:

>>you can't really be suggesting that those highly paid CIOs were really puppets, can you?

No more than the Trust & PCT CEOs who signed up for iPM/Lorenzo, and their CIOs/IM&T Directors followed suit.

We all know how edicts from the top work, don't we? Chain of command/coercion/blame

To believe the CIOs drove this agenda is convenient, but at odds with what we all know about the Granger regime from day one.

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It is I, LeClerc 192 weeks ago

So Christine Connelly says that lorenzo is not yet stable, but then goes on to tell us that “Until the product is stable you can’t do that.” as if we didn't know and had not been telling her CIO's and CSC this for months/years.

It would refreshing is there was now an appology from CFH, for all that unreasonable pressure her CIOs put us under.

But enough of griping about the past, the conversation should now move to what replaces NPfIT and how we can pay for it.


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Anne Onnymous 192 weeks ago

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Do you really think that the pressure came *from* CIOs, rather than *through* CIOs?

Other than that nuance, fair point.

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