Data saves lives. There is no clearer demonstration of this than our response to the pandemic, which has been fuelled by data. It has allowed us to bring down the number of deaths and hospitalisations from COVID-19 by creating a Shielded Patients’ List to protect the most vulnerable; prioritise at-risk groups for early vaccination; helped us prove the effectiveness of certain drugs such as dexamethasone which is estimated to have saved a million lives already; and it is helping us better understand and treat Long Covid.
Simon BoltonInterim Chief Executive, NHS Digital
Simon joins the organisation from Test and Trace, where he has been Chief Information Officer since August 2020. He was previously CIO of Jaguar Land Rover and brings deep and varied IT delivery, operations and leadership experience.
Simon formally took on the role of interim CEO on 4 June 2021.