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Speakers: October 2017


Peter Knight, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Appointed August 2016

Before taking up the newly created role of Chief Information and Digital Officer and being appointed as a Senior Fellow of Health Informatics at Oxford University, Peter was Deputy Director at the Department of Health for Research Contracting, Information Intelligence and Stakeholder Engagement working for the Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies.

Prior to joining the Department of Health in 2007, Peter was the Executive who led the introduction of Cerner at the Winchester and Eastleigh NHS Trust, among his other operational and board responsibilities. Winchester was subsequently merged with North Hampshire Hospital Foundation Trust in 2014.

Peter will build on significant recent investment in the Trust's technology infrastructure to help transform healthcare, research and education in Oxfordshire.

Keith McNeil, CCIO, Health and Social Care

Keith is a former transplant specialist and has held many senior roles in healthcare management around the world, including Chief Executive Officer at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Chief Executive Officer at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Australia. Keith was appointed to the role of Chief Clinical Information Officer at NHS England in 2016, and will draw on his clinical and technology experience to drive the digital agenda within the NHS, focusing particularly on clinical priorities and the real world complexities of technology adoption.

Will Smart, NHS Chief Information Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement

A joint appointment between NHS England and NHS Improvement, Will is tasked with providing strategic leadership across the whole of the NHS to ensure that the opportunities that digital technologies offer are fully exploited to improve the experience of patients and carers in their interactions with health and social care; the outcomes for patients; and improved efficiencies in the delivery of care. 

Prior to this role, Will was Chief Information Officer at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust for six years where he was the board level director responsible for all aspects of the information management and technology agenda and the Trust’s Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO). During the Trust’s acquisition of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals, Will was an executive director of both organisations tasked with leading the creation of a single informatics function prior to the acquisition. 

Will first worked in the NHS in Wales and Northern Ireland during his placement year from university, before taking up an analytics role at St. Mary’s NHS Trust in London on graduation. In addition to senior roles in the NHS, Will has worked as a management consultant with major assignments focussing on IT strategy, service transformation, major IT service and contract reviews and outsourcing.

Rachel Dunscombe, Director of Digital, Salford Royal Group and CEO, NHS Digital Academy

Rachel Dunscombe is Chief Information Officer of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. In this role, she is responsible for technology vision, strategy and operations for one of the top-rated trusts in the United Kingdom. Salford Royal is a dual Vanguard site, an ICO and Centre of Digital Excellence. She is also Strategic CIO for Salford Royal Group which includes Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust - one of the largest NHS organisations in the NHS - and CEO of the NHS Digital Academy. Rachel serves on the international advisory board of KLAS and is founding CHIME ambassador in the country. She ranked #8 on CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 list in 2016 and also Talent Unleashed most disruptive CIO in Europe 2016. She also acts as an exam board reviewer and examiner for Prince2, ITIL and MSP.

John Rayner, Regional Director, HIMSS Analytics

John is Regional Director, Europe and Latin America at HIMSS Analytics, after a 30-year career in the NHS, starting out as a clinician and ending up as CIO of a major shared services operation. John is responsible for overseeing the European division for HIMSS Analytics, including the global assessment models such as EMRAM (EMR Adoption Model) and CCMM (Continuity of Care Adoption Model) and DIAM (Digital Imaging Adoption Model).

Hal Wolf, President and CEO of HIMSS

Hal Wolf has served in significant roles that have advanced the impact of technology on healthcare. Wolf has served in significant roles that have advanced the impact of technology on healthcare. As an advisor, thought leader and consultant, he continues to lead internationally in the realm of health policy and technology adoption to increase access and improve care outcomes. A key architect in the development of content, research and user interfaces for video on demand and broadband, Wolf is a pioneer in consumer engagement. He has contributed his unique approach and insights to the birth of the digital health era, combining traditional enterprise strategies with an end-to-end organizational view, while keeping the patient as the central focus. Among his many areas of expertise are integrated care models, mHealth, product development, marketing, distribution, information technology and innovation implementation.

Wolf became President and CEO of HIMSS in September 2017, and will assume full duties of President and CEO by the end of the year. He succeeds H. Stephen Lieber, who in December 2016 announced his plans to retire as HIMSS President and CEO after more than 17 years of service to HIMSS.

Prior to his appoint as President and CEO, Wolf had served HIMSS for four years: two as an advisor to the board and two additional years as a member of the board of directors, recently as vice chair.

Steve Lieber, (Outgoing) President and CEO HIMSS

Steve Lieber is the outgoing President and CEO of HIMSS. A seasoned healthcare management executive, Steve brings to HIMSS more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, primarily in healthcare association management. Since 2000, Lieber has served as President and CEO of HIMSS WorldWide and related organisations. Steve not only serves on the Board of Directors of HIMSS and its related corporations, but he also sits on numerous other corporate, non-profit and coalition boards and groups. He was one of the founders of the Certification Commission for HIT and the Health Information Technology Standards Panel, two U.S. federally funded initiatives at the foundation of the U.S. interoperability effort.

As a nationally recognised commentator on health policy, in general, and specifically on healthcare IT trends and issues, Lieber is a regular speaker and contributor to corporate strategic planning efforts, government-sponsored policy efforts, private sector initiatives and other non-profit organisations. Lieber was recognised between 2004 through 2012 as one of the Top 100 most influential people in US healthcare.

Lieber previously served as CEO of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) for nearly nine years before accepting a position with the American Hospital Association as Vice President, Division of Personal Membership Groups. Prior experience includes Vice President of Operations for the Illinois Hospital Association; Senior Budget Analyst for the Illinois Bureau of the Budget; and Assistant Administrator, Research and Statistics for Arkansas Social Services.

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