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iSoft system delayed by two years

A major new clinical software system expected to be taken up by thousands of GPs will not now be released until late 2007 at the earliest – two years late.

iSoft, the troubled IT company, revealed its Lorenzo product, which is expected to be implemented in GP surgeries and hospitals across 60 per cent of England, would now be phased in during 2008.

No date has been agreed for when GPs will begin using the system, which is still being tested in Germany and Singapore.

iSoft insisted that all clinicians in the three 'clusters' it covered would be using the

system in 2010.

An investigation into Lorenzo in February 2006 by contractors to the National Programme for IT, Accenture and Computer Sciences Corporation, leaked to The Guardian, highlighted 13 out of 39 matters as areas for concern, including clinical safety.

iSoft – which recently released a profit warning, reported a pre-tax loss of £344 million and changed the way it recognised revenues – said the sheer scale of the NHS IT project 'and its pioneering aspects' had contributed to the delays.

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