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Paul RhodesPaul Rhodes
Esk Valley Business Solutions Ltd.
United Kingdom


From 2007-2012 Mr Rhodes was the eHealth Programme Director at the Scottish Government. He led the eHealth strategies of 2008 and 2011 that replaced major healthcare IT systems in Scottish hospitals and primary care. The strategy switched focus from suppliers / inputs toward customers / outcomes, aligning IT governance and financial strategies to match how NHS Scotland worked. Risk was reduced by focusing activity away from areas of relative weakness towards areas of relative strength.

Mr Rhodes joined the Scottish Office in 1983, and held a range of policy roles including Local Government, Justice, Fisheries and Education. He then moved to organisational change and transformation roles as Head of Facilities and Estates and Head of the Scottish Executive internal IT function, before becoming eHealth Programme Director.

Most recently, Mr Rhodes founded the independent management consultancy Esk Valley Business Solutions Ltd, to provide independent advice on how to ensure major IT programmes are successful.


Wednesday, 1 May 2013
09:30 - 10:15
ISS6: NHS Scotland National Strategy for Hospital Information System Deployment

Attend this presentation for insights from the former head of the Scottish eHealth Programme (2007-2012) on how Scotland approached renewal and improvement of the nation's hospital IT systems. The programme incorporated lessons learnt from similar programmes in other jurisdictions to maximise value and minimise risk. This meant aligning the programme design with Scotland's organisational design and culture. A key goal of the programme was to switch focus from activity driven by suppliers / inputs to one driven by customers / outcomes.

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