Technology plays a huge role in healthcare in both the public and private sectors. It can help cut costs as budgets dwindle, manage massive NHS organisations and provide innovative modes of treatment.
CIO UK looks at some of the top IT leaders in healthcare.
Read next: Top UK Government CIOs, CTOs, CDOs and other IT leaders in Whitehall
Additional reporting from Christina Mercer-Myers
December 24, 2019
1. Daniela Weber - Marie Stopes
As CIO at Marie Stopes, Daniela Weber works for the largest provider of abortion and contraception services in the world, having been around for over 40 years and operating in 37 countries worldwide.
, Weber discussed the growing threats of cyber attacks facing the organisation, and while no major attack has been successful, Weber noted the threat of leaking personal information as one of the more common threats she is protecting against. CIO UK earlier this year
Weber said: "It's always been very important to us that we protect that information and that no-one - whether it's opposition, whether it's family members - can access the data and know what services a certain person has received from us. There's always been a lot of focus on that, even in the past, and of course now as well.
"We have an ongoing programme at the moment where we're looking at what technology we can implement and if our users are educated - because that's probably a bigger risk sometimes," she added. "It's really [about] staying on top of the legislation, staying on top of the threats, staying on top of the technology options and turning that into an ongoing programme of work where we keep improving and keep adding new solutions as well."
6. Richard Corbridge - Boots UK
CIO 100 regular
Richard Corbridge was appointed Director of Innovation at Boots UK in April 2019. In the newly created role within the Boots Transformation team, Corbridge is helping to develop personalised omni-channel shopping by creating a "store of the future", both online and on the high street.
Corbridge claimed the top spot in the CIO 100 in 2017 for his work as CEO of eHealth Ireland, where he led the creation of an individual health identifier, e-referral service, e-pharmacy system and Ireland's first digital hospital. He also helped develop the infrastructure to support the genomic sequencing of patients with epilepsy.
He then returned to his home county of Yorkshire to take on the job of Chief Digital and Information Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, where he stayed for three years with the aim to solve its infrastructure problems and restore its reputation for innovation.
Read next: Why are so many CIOs leaving the NHS?
7. Rachel Dunscombe - CEO NHS Digital Academy
NHS Digital Academy CEO Rachel Dunscombe leads a virtual academy that develops the talents of digital leaders in healthcare. She is also Global ARCH Collaborative Lead at healthcare IT data and insights company KLAS Research, Non-Executive Director at the Digital Health Society and Strategic Digital Advisor at the Northern Care Alliance (NCA) NHS Group.
Dunscombe previously served as Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust CIO, leading the trust to be named the most digital organisation in the NHS by NHS England and win DigitalHealth's Digital Trust of the Year award. Dunscombe was then named Director of Digital for the broader Salford Royal Group.
During 2016 she brokered a partnership between NHS Digital and KLAS research, where she works as a paid researcher and advisory board member. She has also led the setup of a single Azure architecture, a single trust domain and seamless Wi-Fi network for Salford's eight hospitals and numerous community settings. Dunscombe joined the trust in 2015 after a two-year spell as CIO of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.
Read next: Salford Royal Group Director of Digital Rachel Dunscombe video interview - AI, machine learning and Big Data opportunities