NHS England’s chief digital officer is stepping down from the role to join an online GP consultation provider.

LIVI confirmed to Digital Health News that Juliet Bauer will be joining the company in April 2019 to take up a global product role.

Bauer said: “I am delighted to be joining LIVI at such an exciting time for digital health.

“Technology has the power to deliver a step-change in clinical care and patient experience.

“I am looking forward to helping LIVI expand their outstanding service to deliver on the NHS’ long term plan, as well as supporting their growth globally”.

Bauer, who was NHS England’s first chief digital officer, has been a key figure in the ‘Empower the Person’ programme and has overseen a number of projects such as the NHS App and NHS 111 online.

Her new role at LIVI will involve working with health services across the world to support them in their transformation to a digital first approach to primary care.

Founded in Sweden in 2015, LIVI allows patients to access online consultations via their GP practice and has delivered over half a million consultations across Europe.

The service, which goes by the name KRY in Sweden, was launched in the UK in 2018 after partnering up with GP practices in North West Surrey and the North West of England.

Luke Buhl-Nielsen, country director of LIVI UK said: “We are incredibly excited to have Juliet join the LIVI team.

“Her unrivalled experience within NHS England and the wider Health and Social Care Digital Transformation program during a period of unprecedented change is invaluable as we work alongside the health service to deliver a digital vision for primary care and transform outcomes for patients everywhere”.