New role will help drive shift to preventative, integrated health and care
MedeAnalytics has appointed Professor Simon Jones as director and chief data scientist.
One of the leading authorities on healthcare intelligence, Professor Jones’ mission is to help make predictive and preventative care a reality.
Prior to joining MedeAnalytics, Professor Jones was professor of epidemiology and head of integrated care research at the University of Surrey. Previously, he held leadership positions at Dr Foster Intelligence, the Centre for Workforce Intelligence, King’s College London, Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust, and Kingston University.
In his new role, Professor Jones will work directly alongside pioneering local health economies in the UK so that everyone involved in an individual’s treatment across health and social care can understand and predict what interventions are needed. This will be a critical step in ensuring effective use of resources to obtain optimal outcomes and the prevention of more serious conditions.
Andy Hurd, chairman and chief executive at MedeAnalytics, said: “This appointment underpins our leadership status in the provision of sophisticated capabilities to plan better care and drive improved outcomes for patients. With Professor Jones, we will significantly accelerate our innovation team and the positive contribution they can make to both our customers and those patient’s under their health care.”
Areas including Hertfordshire and West Essex have already collaborated with MedeAnalytics to produce cutting-edge patient-level combined datasets across health and care, meaning they can understand which patients are at risk and therefore design services and appropriately allocate scarce resources. Professor Jones will be working with a growing number of these local health economies to take their shared intelligence networks to the next level, so they know how and when in the patient’s journey to intervene, and enable entire health and care communities to target population segments that have similar health needs.
Commenting on his appointment, he said: “Making sure health and care organisations are all working from the same data and trying to achieve the same thing for the individual patient is very important in an era of joined-up health.”
Wayne Parslow, MedeAnalytics’ general manager in the UK, added: “As a global thought-leader in healthcare analytics, Professor Jones will be building on our already powerful analytics platform and will be significantly enhancing our population health management capabilities.”