Richard Granger, the head of Connecting for Health, the troubled national healthcare information technology development effort in the U.K, has announced his intention to resign within six months, the Financial Times reported through its Web site. Granger's announcement came last Friday as he was testifying before a House of Commons health committee.
The Connecting for Health program is two years behind schedule, according to the Financial Times report, although certain elements, including digital imaging exchange, are either running or being installed, the publication said.
Granger said he wanted to spend more time with his family and timed his departure to be gone by October, which would give him five years on the job.
Meanwhile, the U.K.'s Guardian Unlimited Web site is reporting today that U.S.-based Computer Sciences Corp. has dropped its opposition to a bid for its partner and a major contractor to the Connecting for Health effort, Manchester-based iSoft by the Australian-based IBA Health.