Healthcare ICT Champions - the shortlist

E-health Insider has organised an excellent awards scheme for the brightest and best in healthcare IT. Voting finishes on 22 October 2007. There are several categores. This is the “Healthcare ICT Champion” shortlist and biographies by E-Health Insider:

1) Dr. Mike Bainbridge

voteClinical architect, Connecting for Health

Mike Bainbridge, a qualified GP, has been an enthusiastic and effective champion of GP computing in the UK and abroad since the mid 80s, and has chaired the British Computer Society’s Primary Healthcare Group. He helped develop the Read codes, and design two major GP systems.

Since 2003 he has worked for NHS Connecting for Health alongside Microsoft and others developing their Common User Interface, now available to the world as an open source project. He also specified and designed the new health specific category of computers, the Mobile Clinical Assistant, bringing the electronic health record to all mobile health workers.

Nominated by: BCS Health Informatics Forum Strategic Panel

2) Sean Brennan

voteWriter and consultant

Sean Brennan has proven to be a tireless advocate of better healthcare IT through his articles and speaking engagements, and his book ‘The NHS IT Project – The Biggest Computer Programme in the World Ever!’ clearly sets out the aims and objectives of IT in health, and makes the whole complex programme understandable.

Nominated by: Dr John Ironmonger, Account Director, System C

3) Ian Fenton

voteHead of IT at Tayside Health Board

Though Ian Fenton is a modest leader and insists his success comes from having a great team, his drive and commitment have led to Tayside having the highest proportion of GPs moving away from GPASS to Vision in Scotland, pre-empting (and possibly helping trigger) the National Strategy Review.

He works very closely with clinicians, knows how to use IT for the benefit of patients, and has made Tayside – a health board covering only half a million patients – a national leader in many areas.

Nominated by: Dr Andrew Cowie, Secretary GP Subcommittee

4) Dr. Amir Hannan

voteGP, Thornley House Medical Centre, Hyde, Cheshire

Dr. Amir Hannan, at GP at Harold Shipman’s former practice, has made an outstanding contribution to further the cause of patient access to medical records. He has selflessly, tirelessly, and for free, promoted the concept at conferences and seminars, has written numerous papers, and has spent many extra hours in his surgery coaching his patients on how to get the best from healthcare services aided by access to their records.

Nominated by: Mark Duman MRPharmS, honorary president, Patient Information Forum – and others

5) Ben Howison

voteICT technical lead for data migration, Barts and The London NHS Trust

Ben Howison has more than 20 years ICT experience and his willingness to share his knowledge of statutory and IM reporting has been invaluable, not just to Barts and The London Trust but also to finding solutions for CRS deployment issues in London. Despite his full workload for the Barts deployment, he has spent weeks, helping both BT and Cerner identify solutions for the RTT18 and reporting deficiencies, benefiting the whole London CRS programme.

Nominated by: Julie Fabian, CRS Programme Manager, Barts and The London NHS Trust

6) Brian Randell

voteProfessor Emeritus at Newcastle University

The wiki has chronicled the travails of NPfIT in a campaign for an independent inquiry and technical review of this programme. Brian Randell has tirelessly collected, organised and maintained this major information resource for doctors, policy makers, patients and all those concerned over the reliability and security of NPfIT.

Nominated by: Tony Solomonides, Reader, Computer Science School, University of the West of England


E-Health Insider Awards website