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Visiting Professor Jonathan Kay appointed to NHS Commissioning Board

Leading academic from City University London's Centre for Health Informatics will "provide clinical leadership on the best use of informatics".
by John Stevenson

Professor Jonathan Kay, Visiting Professor of Health Informatics in the Centre for Health Informatics, has been appointed a Clinical Informatics Director (Medical Directorate) on the NHS Commissioning Board.

nullThe Clinical Informatics Director will champion the development of an information culture across the NHS which will drive continuous clinical and process improvement and help to ensure safe and effective patient care. This will include providing clinical informatics advice to the Board and contributing to an innovative national framework for the management of information across the NHS.

Professor Kay, who is also a consultant chemical pathologist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, is best known for his work on blood tracking at Oxford University Hospitals. The Trust's implementation of the Olympus BloodTrack system, which used barcode labelling and bedside scanning to improve the safety of blood transfusions, garnered a number of national awards.

He has also worked on the communication of structured data between clinical information systems and knowledge management.

Commenting on the appointment, Professor Kay said:

"In my new role I will be promoting the importance of improved information management to both process efficiency and patient safety in the NHS. We need universities to offer a wide range of courses to support education and development of staff and to carry out high quality research and evaluation to tell us what works in practice. I am very grateful to City for widening my experience in health informatics. Teaching on the MSc in Health Informatics Course was an excellent way of getting up to date, and the combination of students from computer science and the healthcare professions always kept it stimulating. We have also had some excellent PhD students, and it has been very rewarding to see their subsequent progress."

Dr Peter Weller, Head of City's Centre for Health Informatics said:

"This is excellent news and Professor Kay is an ideal choice for the role of Clinical Informatics Director. It is good that Health Informatics is finally being recognised as an important component of Healthcare. With our long and successful experience in this field, City is well positioned to support this initiative."

Professor Kay is currently working on improved processes for computerised requesting for central-laboratory testing in the Oxford EPR implementation. This won the 2012 HSJ Award for "Improving Care with Technology" and the 2012 National Patient Safety Award for "Technology and IT to improve Patient Safety". He is a Board Member with responsibility for patient liaison of "Lab Tests Online UK", a patient-facing website about laboratory investigations. For leisure, Professor Kay enjoys human powered vehicles - driving the Caterham 7 which he built - and acting with the Garsington Players.

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