UCLH ICT director leads the way 

28/05/2013 00:00 

James Thomas, UCLH director of ICT, has been named as the number one chief information officer in the UK ahead of peers in the public and private sector.

James Thomas
James Thomas, UCLH director of ICT

The CIO 100 is compiled by CIO Magazine each year to reveal the most transformative chief information officers in the UK business economy.
James has risen to the number one position, from number eight last year, holding off competition from, among others, Jaguar Land Rover, Unilever, EasyJet and the Co-operative Group.
The CIO 100 recognises leaders in the field who are: ‘driving business change’ and ‘enabling greater collaboration and innovation’.
The CIO 100 judges said: “UCLH and James Thomas are an example of what the NHS can be in the 21st Century. The ability to think differently and put technology as a process improvement in place marks UCLH out from the experience too many of us sadly receive from the mendacious administration of the NHS."
James said: “I am incredibly pleased for UCLH and the NHS to be recognised in this way. It is very humbling to be seen as achieving in the same way as some of the global organisations listed in the CIO 100. It is very clear to me that I can only deliver this type of achievement by working for an organisation where I totally believe in its values and purpose.”
Mike Foster, UCLH deputy chief executive, said: “This is fantastic news for James and for UCLH. I would like to congratulate him on such a wonderful achievement. The public sector is often seen as lacking imagination and innovation in comparison to the private. However this award proves that with a good team and the right backing, anything is possible.”
Among James’ key achievements over the last 12 months has been to drive forward technological advances at the newly opened University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre.
Here patients receive a bar-coded letter for their appointments which they present when they enter the building and links to the centre’s admin system and patient records.
Patients can also access their own personalised ‘portal’ which gives them round-the-clock, targeted information about their treatment.
The judges added: “James Thomas shows what a CIO can do for an organisation in terms of sourcing strategy and management, process improvement and being a board level leader that enables an organisation to think openly and differently about how it creates something like the [University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre] with technology playing a key role. As the NHS faces a new dawn, public sector finances are slashed and the population ages, Thomas shows transformation is the way forward.”
To see the list in full click here http://www.cio.co.uk/cio100/


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