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On January 5, 2017

Professor Michael Thick, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) of pioneering clinical technology specialist IMS MAXIMS has been appointed Chair of the CCIO Industry Network.

The CCIO Industry Network hosted by Digital Health, was established in 2015 to provide an opportunity for industry-CCIOs to collaborate on safety, clinical risk management, and achieving efficiencies and productivity gains from Health IT in the NHS.

Thick was elected Chair of the network in  2017 by the CCIO Industry Network advisory panel in December; Dr Sean O’Hanlon, Chief Medical Officer for EMIS Health, was elected as Vice-Chair.

“As chair of the CCIO Industry Network I want to make sure that in 2017 we focus on breaking down barriers between NHS and supplier CCIOs, to improve patient safety, increase productivity and streamline processes through the use of information” said Thick.

Activities planned for 2017 include webinars, opinions pieces, and an evening debate series, and will cover usability, interoperability and achieving better outcomes.

Thick said most industry CCIO came from NHS clinical background and shared a “common objective to ensure safe, efficient patient care.”

Thick added, “The CCIO Industry Network is here for all clinicians working with or advising suppliers to provide them with a peer support and best practice network, from health IT companies, to start-ups and multinationals.”

The inaugural chair of the network was Giulio Bognolo, Chief Medical Officer at Cerner, who stood down at the end of 2016.

Thick said: “Giulio has done a magnificent job as the first chair of the CCIO Industry Network and I look forward to building on the foundations he has laid.”


IMS MAXIMS is an award winning clinical technology specialist committed to improving the coordination of patient care in healthcare environments. Its expert team works in partnership with healthcare organisations to identify and deliver tailored, sustainable information sharing technology solutions supporting the provision of safer and more efficient care for current and future generations.

The organisation’s 30-year history of collaborating with clinicians has resulted in the development of proven, flexible, user-friendly, safe and interoperable open source electronic patient record software. With an ambition to meet today’s healthcare challenges, IMS MAXIMS makes its software available without a licence fee and offers flexible options to support healthcare providers with implementation and maintenance.

Its open technology has increased collaboration in the development of the software which has resulted in better clinical engagement and empowerment across hospital wards and departments. Deployment times are fast, meaning clinicians and patients can benefit from efficiency and safety improvements in rapid time.

In 2017 IMS MAXIMS was named Best Performing Company for Government and Healthcare Systems and Overall Winner at the Megabuyte Emerging Stars Awards.

Media Contacts:

Natalie Chishick, Policy and Communications Director, IMS MAXIMS

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