David Hancock has been elected to the new role of vendor co-chair at INTEROpen, the collaborative set up to accelerate the development of open standards to enable health and care systems to interoperate with each other.
The election of Hancock, healthcare executive advisor at InterSystems, comes at a critical time for INTEROpen, which has grown rapidly from eight founders three years ago to around 350 member organisations today.
INTEROpen is now looking at evolving its membership model to support a stronger focus on the take-up and use of standards to support patient care and service transformation.
Hancock said: “It is not enough to be able to define standards. But to move to the next level, the organisation needs to become vendor-driven, because the best way to make standards stick is to get them incorporated into vendor products. That is why INTEROpen made the decision to create a vendor co-chair and, for me, the role is all about driving adoption.”
Hancock has more than 20 years’ experience of working in the healthtech industry, having held senior roles at Oracle Corporation and Orion Health before moving to InterSystems in July 2015. He has been a member of the techUK health and social care council for two years and represented the trade body on the INTEROpen board until it decided to create the vendor co-chair position.
Don Woodlock, vice president of HealthShare for InterSystems said: “We are proud of our continued association with this important collaboration and we are delighted that David Hancock will be taking it forward for the benefit of the NHS, the health tech community, and everybody who believes in effective, integrated care as the foundation for a system fit for the 21st century.”