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.

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