Are old habits dying hard?

nhs_logoMy internet connection was upgraded yesterday to fibre optic cable. As you might expect, this change has dramatically increased the speed of web searching, downloads and uploads.

What’s more, there is no interference when other members of the family are engaged in their own internet experiences; however, when my wife brought her work laptop home, she had trouble connecting to the new system.

Not being a techie, I was invariably at a loss as to how to help her. She therefore contacted the official techies, but they too could not do anything except to suggest that she bought a longer cable to fit into the router, despite the fact that the internet connection is Wi-Fi.

All this messing about got me thinking. It seems to me that my wife’s problem could have something to do with the fact that her employer is using an outdated in-house server system rather than a cloud-based one.

If this is the case, it seems rather strange that an organisation such as the NHS would still be using outmoded IT systems when cloud computing offers a much better solution. Not only does it free up vital physical resources but it is also a lot cheaper. Since the NHS is being forced to make £20 billion in cuts over the next two years, surely it makes sense to embrace modern technology?

Perhaps the problem for the organisation in general, and for my wife in particular, is that security is a major factor. Storing patients’ medical notes on a virtual server could for many within the NHS be perceived as unsafe. In reality it is safer, but old habits seem to die hard.

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