This final guide in the BT/HSJ technology series explores the role of chief executives in using IT to more effectively drive the transformation of an organisation - and improve the lives of patients.

Informatics and data

Informatics and data

“A chief executive plays a critical part in driving the success of a technology programme,” says Ian Dalton, president of BT Global Health.

This third HSJ technology guide, published in association with BT and timed to coincide with the 2014 NHS Confederation conference, is aimed specifically at chief executives. It seeks to answer the question of what they need to be thinking about when it comes to informatics and IT.

We have spoken to a range of individuals - chief executives, technology suppliers and IT experts.

Our aim, however, is not only to provide a guide to the potential of technology and its increasing importance. It is also to provide practical suggestions about how chief executives can engage with this agenda more fully, and to signpost useful further information.

This guide includes 10 reasons you need to think about IT and informatics.

And six things you need to know about IT and informatics:

  • The importance of networks
  • Avoid flavour of the month
  • Consider appointing a CCIO
  • Form partnerships with suppliers
  • IT is the future
  • Understand where you are


Driving clinical engagement in IT − an HSJ guide