'Problems with computers could be blamed for up to 900 patient deaths in the NHS a year, experts have said.
Computers are embedded across the NHS but many are "bad" and "low quality", according to two academics.
Devices in hospitals - which are used for a range of applications from storing patient records and making appointments to systems embedded in devices like MRI scanners and dialysis machines - are "unnecessarily buggy" and "susceptible to cyber-attack", according to Harold Thimbleby, professor emeritus of geometry at Gresham College in London and professor of computer science at Swansea University.
Prof Thimbleby and his colleague, Martyn Thomas, professor of information technology at Gresham College, who have delivered a lecture on NHS IT systems at the Museum of London, estimate that hundreds of deaths a year could be caused by computer problems.
Speaking in a briefing before the lecture, Prof Thimbleby said: "If you go into a hospital there isn't a good word to describe how bad stuff in a hospital is and how unaware people are in hospitals of the low quality: they're stuck with it. They're over-worked, they've got a job to do and understanding the computer systems isn't part of their job so it's understandable."'
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