The CCIO Leaders Network has been established to promote and develop chief clinical information officers across the NHS. The network is being developed in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians, British Computer Society and the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. It has been made possible thanks to the support of its network sponsors Cerner, Harris, InterSystems and SystemC.
The CCIO vision and 12 point plan, launched on 20 January 2014, details how CCIOs can help to deliver an improved health service through a clinically led information agenda. The CCIO Leaders Network also delivers an extensive programme of events with its partners, culminating in the CCIO Leaders Network Annual Conference at EHI Live at the NEC in Birmingham in November.
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A mandatory clinical information lead should determine primarily how to move off paper clinical records completely and on to meaningful electronic clinical notes. Electronic record must replace paper clinical records not run in parallel with them.
It might sound daunting but paper clinical records must be phased out and essentially this is what a CCIO should be employed to achieve at a Trust / FT level.
The BCS is right behind this campaign, and as Chair of the BCS Primary Health Care Specialist Group, I am delighted to add my support, and will encourage my members to do so too.
The role of health informatics is now central to healthcare, and that must be reflected at board level. But equally importantly, this is not about the technolocy, it is about full clinical input into how informatics is used to support clincal care. Without that we see the repeat of the expensive mistakes of the past. I also believe that clinicians have a better understanding of the confidentiality issues of the new shared records. So a Chief Clinical Information Officer is essential to maintain the respect of clinicians and the acceptance of new technology.
As a UKCHIP Council Member, I would also want to see UKCHIP registration as a requirement on the job description.
Healthcare is delivered by teams and teams can only function when they communicate and have the right information. Whilst communication and information management has undergone a revolution in other industries healthcare still relies on technology like faxes and pagers. The campaign for CCIO’s will bring clinical focus to information and communication as a way to update and improve the quality and safety of care that the NHS is able to deliver.