The CCIO Leaders Network has been established to promote and develop current and future clinical information leaders across the NHS. The network is being developed in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians and the British Computer Society. It has been made possible thanks to the support of its network sponsors Cerner, CSC and Dell.
Each year the CCIO Leaders Network delivers an extensive programme of events with our partners, culminating in the CCIO Leaders Network annual conference at EHI Live. Face to face discussions are backed up by the CCIO Leaders Network website, providing online resources, interviews, case studies and community features including the fortnightly #ccio tweetchat.
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The concept of a CCIO is one of bringing strong %u21Cbusiness%u21D leadership to the use of IT in health %u213 something that was patently missing from the NPfIT and similar programs in places like Australia.
Appointing a CCIO would be very consistent with the guidance presented in ISO 38500 under the first of its six principles for good governance of IT. The Responsibility Principle seeks to ensure that responsibility is not only clearly assigned, but that the assignment is appropriate. When fully understood in the context of the overall standard, the Responsibility Principle also encourages organisations to clarify the responsibility for USE of IT as being separate from responsibility for the SUPPLY of IT. In this way, ISO 38500 helps organisations to understand that business leadership is essential in the whole picture of IT enabled change, with culture, process, rules, organisation and so on all being critical elements of successful initiatives.
ISO 38500 does not impose bureaucratic controls that obstruct business control and value in the delivery of IT service. Rather, it is focused on the foundations of corporate governance and the role of the board and executive in leadership, change, performance and accountability. ISO 38500 is a principles-based approach to guiding decision-making and behaviour, rather than a nightmare of process that obstructs achievement of goals.
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Long overdue that Clinicians were in a senior position in Healthcare IT. They are usually the users and certainly recipients of most of the activity and as custodians of their patients they should be represented at the highest level when it comes to IT matters. Clinicians input is crucially important throughout the IT chain and I believe having this appointment in each Trust will secure that
Informatics teams often contain business change who assist with the bigger picture and ensure that the requirements are both future proofed and encompass areas which the end users may not be aware of - it really should be a team effort. Having said that if you keep asking what people want or need you are unlikely to deliver anything; so sometimes it is better to deliver something a little short of the mark and develop further using feedback on a live system rather than not deliver at all.