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PHIN welcomes Jon Fistein as Chief Medical Officer

The Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) is delighted to welcome Dr Jon Fistein as Chief Medical Officer.

Jon will work with a wide range of professional stakeholders, including NHS Digital building PHIN's ever-closer collaboration to ensure that the statistical information published from the data collected as the CMA's approved information organisation is accurate, fair and insightful.

Jon is well-known as a leading clinical informatician and expert on information governance in healthcare. He is Associate Professor of Clinical Informatics at Leeds University, teaches Clinical Leadership and Management at Cambridge University, and is a specialist member of the independent group advising NHS Digital on the release of data (IGARD). He is also a member of advisory boards for Public Health England and the Health Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP). Jon read medicine at Cambridge University and Imperial College (St Mary's Hospital Medical School) and currently remains a fully registered medical practitioner with a licence to practice. He is also trained as a Barrister (called at Lincoln's Inn) and has an Open University MBA. He is a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and a Senior Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. Jon was previously Head of Clinical Ethics and Data at the Medical Research Council and a consulting director at Tribal Healthcare, where his projects included developing the Secondary Uses Service for what is now NHS Digital. Jon is in the process of completing a PhD looking at the use of information in primary care and is an occasional professional cellist.

PHIN's Chairman, Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, commented: "Having conducted a thorough search process involving over 100 clinical informatics leaders from around the country, I am very confident that we have found an outstanding leader for PHIN's high-profile work publishing information on outcomes and other important measures for patients."

Dr Fistein commented: "I am really excited to be joining PHIN to help further their important work to make accurate and timely private health data available, empowering patients to make better-informed choices of care provider."