Chief Clinical Informatics Office
University Hospitals Birmingham

Dr Tanya Pankhurst is an NHS consultant in Nephrology and Director of Digital Healthcare/Chief Clinical Information Officer at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB), Birmingham, UK. She trained in Newcastle and then sub specialised in renal medicine in Birmingham. She completed a PhD in mechanisms of vasculitis in 2009 and subsequently held a Lecturer’s post in renal medicine and Electronic Health Records. She was appointed to her current post in 2012 and was in the first cohort of the NHS Digital Academy.

She is a nephrologist with interests in renal transplantation, dialysis, transition from paediatric to adult care and complex rare disease.

She is a clinical lead for digital health working in close collaboration with patients and clinical staff groups, and simultaneously with computer programmers, business analysts and project managers building the suite of clinical software products including PICS (Prescribing, Information and Communication System), Clinical Portal and MyHealth, a patient portal, within UHB.

Wider projects include interoperability, interlinking of national and international data and artificial intelligence in healthcare.

From a research standpoint her interests include collaboration in building computer-based intelligent clinical decision support systems to improve patient safety. Current projects encompass the enhancement of quality of care through interlinking of devices, changes in practice influenced through artificial intelligence and healthcare pathways and processes supported by electronic systems.