Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) has released a job ad for a chief information and digital officer (CIDO).
The trust wants a CIDO to build on significant recent investment in technology infrastructure. He or she will be tasked with developing and delivering a strategic vision for the trust's IT, collaborating internally and externally to identify opportunities to transform healthcare, research and education.
OUH said that the successful candidate will "support the creation of information-rich systems and platforms which enable the development of effective and safe patient pathways, and support clinical research and translation".
The CIDO will also work with the University of Oxford to ensure that healthcare-related data can be handled and generated through the university's Big Data Institute, which is currently under construction.
The search committee will consider candidates from a broad range of complex organisational backgrounds, according to OUH. It is looking for an inspirational leader who can demonstrate a genuine commitment to supporting high-quality patient care.
The CIDO role is perhaps a combination of the traditional CIO role, along with some of the duties that are now carried out by a chief digital officer (CDO). Unlike the CIO role, however, the CDO role is seemingly different in every organisation.
Some CDOs work alongside CIOs, and others replace CIOs altogether. In some instances the CDO is seen as more of a marketing role, while in others it is a more of an IT role.
Applications for the OUH CIDO role close on 19 February.
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