• NHS appointments show commitment to technology

The NHS has made a number of appointments in a bid to shake-up the way healthcare is delivered and takes advantage of technology.

Professor Keith McNeil has become NHS chief clinical information officer (CCIO), Will Smart is the new chief information officer (CIO) and Juliet Bauer is now director of digital experience.

Following a review of NHS IT systems by Dr Bob Watcher, the government decided to create these new roles rather than appoint a single chief IT officer. The roles will provide strategic leadership within the organisation.
Commenting on his appointment, Professor Keith McNeil, former CEO at Addenbrook’s Hospital, said: “Introducing and embedding new technology takes time, and is always challenging.

“This is particularly so in hospitals and healthcare, however the rewards are great – getting it right transforms the way we care for patients, improves patient outcomes and saves time and money for the NHS.

“It was not easy implementing the electronic health record at Addenbrooke’s, but a year and a half on, the lessons for the future are clear and the benefits are there for all to see. I know as a doctor, that my colleagues would not want to return to a paper-based system.”

Under new leadership, the NHS choices website will be transformed as part of the plan to promote ‘supported self-management’ for patients. This includes those patients suffering from long term conditions such as diabetes and asthma.
Neil Gordon, chair of NHS Digital said that the appointments reinforce the NHS’s “collective commitment to delivering the technology promise behind the Five Year Forward View.”