Barts appoints five clinical IT leads

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Barts appoints five clinical IT leads
Image: Dr Charles Gutteridge


Barts Health NHS Trust has appointed five senior clinicians to informatics leadership roles.

Consultant haematologist Dr Charles Gutteridge has become chief clinical information officer, while four clinical information officers will help to deliver Barts’ informatics strategy over the next two years.

Dr Gutteridge told EHI the clinical information officers represented the geographic locations of Barts Health.

“My role is to connect all of the clinical staff to our emerging strategy, which is based around our concepts of a single system; the connectedness of data right across our health economy; and the use of big data for patients in particular, but for everybody at a practice level.”

He said the electronic health record was about collecting patient data at the point of care so it was crucial to have clinicians in informatics leadership roles.

“I see myself leading a group of clinicians working geographically, but making the connections for other clinicians right across that patch.

"[We want to ensure] that we collect data in the same way, that we all agree the same form of clinical objectives across departments, and practice in a way that we can get quality improvements and better public health as we use data more effectively right across the East End.”

Dr Gutteridge said leading clinicians towards the best use of EHRs was one of the most challenging, but interesting clinical management tasks he had ever undertaken.

However, this took time as getting clinicians to make major changes to their ways of working often involved talking to them on a one-to-one basis. He will commit three days a week to the CCIO role.

The new CIOs are Frank Chinegwundoh, who is a consultant urological surgeon at Newham University Hospital, and Manoj Ramachandran, a consultant in paediatrics and young adult orthopaedics and trauma at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospital.

The others are David van Heel, a professor of genetics and honorary consultant gastroenterologist, and John Peters, Whipps Cross University Hospital clinical director and a consultant urological surgeon.

Barts’ chief information officer Luke Readman said: “Creating a clinically appropriate information culture across Barts Health is fundamental to providing more efficient and safer care to our patients.

“These clinical leaders share something in common –a passion to use informatics as a tool to drive up clinical quality of care and support professional practice.”

EHI has been championing the role of CCIOs over the past two years. In March 2012, former health secretary Andrew Lansley launched the CCIO Leaders Network to promote and develop current and future clinical information leaders across the NHS.

 

Last updated: 23 May 2013 09:45


Different specialties have different needs

timbenson 114 weeks ago

We have to have multiple CCIOs. It is too easy to forget that hospitals are heterogeous. Think of a market town as an analogy. No one would dream of requiring the bakery to use the same system as the abattoir, the blacksmith's forge or the bank. It is very hard to find anyone who even understands what more than one of them do. It is the same in health care. This is why the one-size-fits-all approach was doomed to failure from the start.

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Mixed Emotions

NurseM 114 weeks ago

Whilst its really fantastic that a Trust has recognised the importance of this by recruiting a team of clinical information officers, as opposed to an individual, it is very disappointing that they are all doctors.

For real progress to be made, the other clinical professions need to be banging on the door and organisations need to be proactive in getting them through it. Only multi-professional collaboration will deliver successful systems and transformational change.

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Absolutely Essential!

alexgeddes 114 weeks ago

There cannot be a successful EPR implementation without serious clinical involvement. An EPR focus group led by these people would help. It needs to include consultant, doctor, nursing and diagnostic service staff representatives and friends. Don't forget facilities - hard and soft.

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The only way to go

Daniel Defoe 114 weeks ago

Put simply, trusts that don't follow suit very soon will be asked by CCGs what they're doing about it. Trust me, I know...

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informatic leads

Mary E Hoult 114 weeks ago

Really good news for patients and all large Acute Trust should follow this example,best way to improve the patient experience.

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