Trust cardiologist appointed RCP clinical director for digital health

Dr Wajid Hussain, consultant cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist at Harefield Hospital, has been appointed clinical director for digital health at The Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

As associate chief clinical information officer for Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust he is a member of Trust’s IT committee, where he provides a clinical perspective and is also a key figure helping to deliver the Trust's digital transformation programme.

As part of his commitment to improving patient care by harnessing the power of technology, he is also studying for a Masters in Digital Health Leadership at Imperial College, since completing an NHS diploma programme in digital health.

In his role as RCP’s clinical director for digital health, Dr Hussain will work with NHSX and others to deliver innovative solutions to the technology challenges clinicians face.

Speaking about his appointment, Dr Hussain said: I have always wanted to help facilitate change and have become increasingly focused on digital healthcare as a way of effecting that change. The role of RCP clinical director for digital health will enable me to do this on a national and international scale.

“This is a unique role within a unique organisation, which has the ability to influence the whole healthcare system. I am hoping to be a bridge between clinicians and IT within and outside the organisation. I look forward to working closely with colleagues and stakeholders to further embed and develop this important work.”

Professor David Oliver, RCP clinical vice president at the time of Dr Hussain's appointment, said:

“I am pleased to welcome Dr Wajid Hussain to the RCP. Wajid brings with him a wealth of experience from across the NHS in leading programmes to improve care for patients, together with his impressive track record of technological innovation to clinical practice. His expertise in digital health is sure to be a huge asset for the RCP’s work on matters relating to digital health.”

Dr Hussain is also lead for cardiology and chair of the medical staff committee at Harefield Hospital.