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Ming Tang set for NHS data and information management role

David Bicknell Published 17 January 2013

Position likely to be involved in delivery of Jeremy Hunt's NHS digitisation plan led by the NHS Commissioning Board


Ming Tang appears to be the NHS Commissioning Board's choice for its new director for data and information management systems

Although the Commissioning Board has yet to formally announce Ms Tang in the role, an announcement on the Commissioning Board's website states that that "South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit is seeking a new managing director because Mina Tang has been appointed as director for data and information management systems at the NHS Commissioning Board. She will be taking up her appointment later this month."

Peter Clarke, associate analyst at Kable said, "This is, potentially, an important appointment in the light of Jeremy Hunt's announcement yesterday that he wants the NHS to go digital by 2018. The NHS Commissioning Board is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the plan. Mr Hunt's first milestone is to give everyone digital access to their own health records by March 2015.

"This is now being written into the NHS Standard Contract to be used in 2013-2014 to commission services from health providers. They must provide their data sets in compliance with published information standards. The Commissioning Board was set this target in November 2012 by the first NHS mandate."

Clarke said, "One can only assume that Ming Tang will be the person responsible for delivering this 'non-trivial' objective. Mr Hunt said he wants to see this goal achieved from the bottom up."

Mr Hunt said, yesterday, "Previous attempts to crack this became a top down project akin to building an aircraft carrier. We need to learn those lessons - and in particular avoid the pitfalls of a hugely complex, centrally specified approach."

Clarke added, "So everything hinges on the contract, the NHS Commissioning and some lucky official. Over to you Ms Tang?"


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