According to a National Audit Office report released Friday, England's National Health Service will not fully introduce its planned nationwide electronic health record system (EHR) until 2014 or 2015, four years later than planned, the Press Association reports. The report found "serious delays" in disseminating the software to NHS trusts as part of the £12.7 billion (roughly $24.7 billion) National Program for IT. According to the report, the original timeline, which projected EHR project completion by 2010, was unachievable, raised expectations and "put confidence in the program at risk." Specifically, the IT program involves rolling out an EHR system for 50 million patients and linking more than 30,000 general practitioners, deploying an online "choose and book" system for hospital appointments, electronic prescriptions, and network links between NHS organizations. Despite the delays, the report found the EHR project still is on budget and Tim Burr, head of the NAO notes that the project is progressing " and financial savings and other benefits are beginning to emerge" (Press Association, 5/16/08; Collins, Computer Weekly, 5/16/08; BBC News, 5/15/08).