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NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced that Dr Simon Eccles has been appointed as the new Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care.
In the role, Eccles, who will succeed Professor Keith McNeil, will spearhead how the NHS uses technology and data to drive improvements in patient care.
Eccles said: “Digital Health is a fast paced arena, and we must ensure parties work together to drive improvements for patients, who will remain my focus as I move from Hospital work to driving the NHS IT agenda. This is a really exciting time to be working on digital transformation and more so in the NHS with many important changes on the horizon. I look forward to working with all the teams across the Department of Health, NHS England, NHS Improvement and NHS Digital as we use data and digital technology to improve patient care and the efficiency of its delivery.”
Eccles is a practicing hospital consultant in Emergency Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Director for Emergency Care at NHS England.