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HL7 UK Management Board Biographies 


Chris Bates

Chris Bates

Chris is Head of Informatics and Analytics at TPP, a supplier of electronic health records with active deployments in the UK, China and the Middle-East. He has been in the healthcare industry for over 10 years, working directly on some major pieces of interoperability with NHS Spine services, including GP2GP, eRS and GP Connect. Chris is also an active healthcare researcher and helps to run TPP ResearchOne, a not-for-profit enterprise which hosts one of the largest EHR research databases in the world. He holds a PhD in Mathematics and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow in Health Informatics at the MRC-funded Leeds Institute of Data Analytics. He was recognised in 2014 as one of the top 50 innovators in UK healthcare by the Health Service Journal.

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Mark Frayne

Mark Frayne

Mark has 20 years of experience working in IT. After graduating in Economics and gaining experience in the banking and legal IT sectors, he joined the NHS in 2005 to work at Aneurin Bevan Health Board as a software developer on a number of clinical systems, before becoming Head of Software Development. His current role is Lead Applications Design Architect for the NHS Wales Informatics Service, where he specialises in integrating local health board and national clinical systems to present a single view of the patient record, which can be accessed and viewed by clinicians across health sector boundaries.

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Dunmail Hodkinson

Dunmail Hodkinson

As CTO at Black Pear Software, Dunmail is designing systems to support next-generation healthcare that requires interoperability and mobile ICT. His work is currently focussed on using HL7 FHIR to enable standard interfaces to UK GP systems that will enable shared and extended care.
He has been involved in health informatics for more than 10 years, after a career change from research science; as technical Architect for Apollo Medical Systems Ltd., he designed and implemented systems used to extract and aggregate primary care data for national programs.

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Richard Kavanagh

Richard Kavanagh

Richard has over 20 years' experience in the IT software industry. After a short stint for Shell UK Oil working on financial systems, he then worked for a number of US multinational financial services companies working on high availability systems and messaging systems. Initially a programmer. Richard's career has seen him lead both internal and external development teams to build, deploy and support software applications for mainframe, midrange, pc and web based solutions.

Since joining NHS Connecting for Health in 2005, Richard has managed the development and delivery of the HL7V3 message specifications initially for the National Programme and more recently the Interoperability Toolkit (ITK) products. Richard is a keen advocate of model driven development and has overseen the development of tooling to aid in the development of HL7 specifications. This has led to the creation of tools to support the creation and publication of specifications for HL7V3, HL7V2 and templated CDA specifications.

As the uptake of HL7V3 and particularly CDA increases, there is increased focus on supporting the implementation of the specifications and closer working with both NHS organisations and systems suppliers is helping to shape the technical products of tomorrow. The CDA implementation forum aims to tackle the complexity of the specifications and reduce the implementation challenge for HL7, and HL7 UK is ideally situated to be part of this.

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Amir Mehrkar

Amir Mehrkar

Amir works in Hampshire as an NHS GP. In June 2017, Amir joined NHS Digital as clinical lead for Integrated Care (Domain D) supporting the Paperless 2020 vision. His clinical informatics experience includes: National Clinical Lead for the e-Referral Service, CCIO for the Hampshire Health Record, Digital Clinical Champion for NHS England’s Patient Online Programme and recently CCIO for Orion Health, with experience in informatics leadership in Europe and the Middle East. Amir is also a member of the RCGP Health Informatics Group. In 2016 Amir co-founded www.INTEROPen.org, an open collaboration of individuals, industry, standards organisations and health and social care providers who have agreed to work together to accelerate the development of open standards for data exchange in the health and social care sector. INTEROPen has the support of key interoperability networks, such as NHS Digital, NHS England, BCS, techUK, PRSB, and the CIO network to create national interoperability standards. In 2017, working with Drs Cian Hughes and Wai Keong Wong, the 3 clinicians founded www.interopsummit.com, an educational interoperability summit. Amir advocates the “Robin Hood Principle of Information Sharing”, the duty of the information rich, to share with the information poor, for safer and more personalised patient care.

Twitter handle:@DrAmirMehrkar

LinkedIn:www.linkedin.com/in/amirmehrkar

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Louise Parberry

Louise Parberry

In her role as a Sales Engineer at InterSystems, Louise has provided healthcare software suppliers with both high level architectural advice and low level technical solutions. Involved with HL7 since 2002, she has assisted with implementations at over 15 trusts. Other projects have included the CSC TIE and MHS, ITK ADT and PDS Spine Mini Services and connecting to SCI Gateway, Louise is also the TC v2 Subgroup Supplier Co-chair, the IHE UK Supplier Co-chair, and been active in PRSB, DHACA and TechUK meetings.

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Philip Scott

Philip Scott

Philip has worked in NHS information management and ICT development projects for fourteen years. He has a practical interest in systems interoperability, having led the implementation of an automated solution for diagnostic image transfer from the local military hospital unit and Independent Sector Treatment Centre into the Trust’s PACS. Philip has an MSc with distinction in healthcare information systems and was recently awarded a PhD for his research programme exploring clinician usage of information. He is a member of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional. He serves on the programme committee for the Southern Institute for Health Informatics hosted by the University of Portsmouth and chaired the programme committee for the HL7 UK 2008 conference. In July 2009 Philip left the NHS to take up a new post as Senior Lecturer in information systems at the University of Portsmouth where he will continue to undertake research in health informatics.

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Rik Smithies

Rik Smithies

Rik has over 20 years in the software industry. He has consulted for NHS Connecting for Health, as well as working for its LSPs and suppliers.
Rik has been involved with HL7 since the GP2GP project in 2002. He has contributed to the published UK and international HL7 standards and has authored many parts of the CFH message manuals. Before that he was an architect for a UK GP system supplier for 10 years, and programmed a series of HL7 V3 messages and other interfaces. More recently his work has turned to areas of pathology messaging and pharmacy terminology.
As well as representing HL7 UK internationally, Rik is a co-chair for the Clinical Statement project and was previously the Chair of HL7 UK.

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Mike Snowden

Mike Snowden

Mike is a “Lead” with BT’s London LSP team, and has been working on the interpretation and implementation of NHS Connecting for Health specifications for the last 5 years. His background is in Integration & Interoperability, Standards and Messaging architectures, where he has more than 25 years' experience.

He is a strong advocate of the principle that systems for customer or end-user use must be both usable and useful, and enthusiastically applies this to his work in Health Messaging.

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Martin Whittaker

Martin Whittaker

As Treasurer, Martin Whittaker is responsible for managing the financial health of HL7 UK. He also looks after membership services for the organisation. He has been involved in healthcare IT for over 30 years and is a founder member of HL7 UK. With a background in laboratory and radiology systems, he has worked as a programmer, project manager, sales and marketing manager and general manager in these and related areas. Since the early 1990s he has been an independent consultant, specialising in technical and standards strategy work.

 

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Ian Williams

Ian Williams

Ian has worked in healthcare IT since 1998, after graduating in Astrophysics. His early career was spent developing safety-critical systems for the Welsh Blood Service, latterly as the head of software development.  He later worked within the architecture function of NHS Wales Informatics Service, a transformational technology programme for NHS Wales, where he specialised in healthcare systems integration and led the introduction of open source Enterprise Search technology to power the single patient record.  In 2016 he joined Nuffield Health as Clinical Solutions Architect, where he is part of the leadership team for Nuffield Health’s Electronic Health Record programme.

 

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Ann Wrightson

Ann Wrightson

A computer technologist since graduating in Philosophy at Cambridge in the late 1970s, Ann’s first Health sector project, the NHS Wales Single Record technical proof of concept in 2004, was also her first encounter with HL7 standards, where she designed a simple profile of CDA to co-ordinate clinical information from a range of systems across Wales. After this baptism of fire she became involved with HL7 UK & before long was a member of the Board. In 2008 Ann joined NHS Wales, in the Enterprise Architecture team of the NHS Wales Informatics Service. During her time with NWIS she not only championed standards adoption and supported technology acquisition programmes across NHS Wales but also served as HL7 UK TC Chair from 2009-13. In 2014 Ann joined CCube Solutions, an EDRMS supplier, as Chief Solutions Architect. In this role she supports customers and in-house projects through knowledge transfer and collaborative problem-solving. CCube would be very happy to have more NHS customers asking for standards in their solutions!

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