Health Innovation Manchester drives digital transformation forward

Guy Lucchi is set to join Health Innovation Manchester in June 2019 to lead on the organisation’s digital transformation programme, across Greater Manchester’s £6bn devolved health and care system.

A digital leader with a proven track record in shaping and delivering large and complex digital health strategies and transformation programmes, Guy has spent much of his career as a chief technology officer with global IT giant DXC Technology, leading on digital healthcare and life sciences initiatives across the group. He was the CTO for DXC’s product portfolio that has led to significant digitisation of administration and electronic patient record systems across much of the NHS. He was also instrumental in developing DXC’s global healthcare cloud strategy. 

Health Innovation Manchester was formed in 2017 to accelerate the delivery of proven innovations across Greater Manchester’s devolved health and care system, to improve the health and wellbeing of the 2.8 million population. The organisation works across the health research, innovation and life sciences sectors, connecting researchers, industry and clinicians to transform care and outcomes for local people.

Driving digital transformation of health and care services is a central plank of NHS England’s 10-year Long Term Plan announced in January, as well as Greater Manchester’s health and care prospectus and new model of public services unveiled in April by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

The city-region is working on plans to revolutionise digital technology across its health, care and public services.  From developing advanced data sharing technologies as part of NHS England’s Local Health and Care Record programme (led by GMHSCP), to mobilising a digital innovation programme to unlock the potential of health data to inform world leading research and transform care (through HInM).  

Commenting on his appointment, Guy said: “I passionately believe that building high quality and sustainable wellness, health and care services can only happen if we leverage the benefits of existing and emerging technology. This is not just about digitising existing services, the change required is much more fundamental.

“There has never been a more exciting time to work in health tech and Greater Manchester has many fantastic digital and data science assets to build on, and when these are coupled with delegated financial control for health and care across the city region with mature governance structures, the possibilities are endless. I am really looking forward to working with the Health Innovation Manchester team and colleagues across the city-region to maximise the full benefits of digital technology to drive better outcomes for the citizens of the place where I come from.”

Prof Ben Bridgewater, Chief Executive of Health Innovation Manchester, added: “Guy not only has deep technical and commercial expertise, he has considerable experience of lining up the business problems we need to solve with the art of the possible from digital approaches, as well as developing the people, processes and culture to enable technology to be fully optimised across large and complex systems. 

“Digital technology is at the cornerstone of our innovation strategy and Guy will be at the forefront of driving forward our plans for the benefit of local people, our health, academic and industry partners and the GM economy.”

 

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