Dr. Zafar Chaudry Appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Seattle Children's
Chaudry assumes role after serving as chief information officer at Cambridge University Hospitals in the United Kingdom
Seattle Children’s has appointed Dr. Zafar Chaudry as senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO), effective Nov. 6. In addition to leading Seattle Children’s Information Services (IS) team, Chaudry will provide vision and leadership for the development of technology initiatives and services; direct the planning and implementation of enterprise-wide information technology systems; and define standards and protocols for data exchange, communications, software and interconnection of health care network information systems.
Chaudry previously served as CIO at Cambridge University Hospitals in the United Kingdom. In this role, his team implemented the Epic EMR to HIMSS Stage 6, and he led the organization to be the first non-U.S. organization to achieve the U.S. MostWired® Award in 2017. He was also named to the 2017 CIO 100 list of the most transformative CIOs in the U.K.
Chaudry brings more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of information technology. His background includes work in both health care and corporate settings in the U.S., Australia, Western Europe and the U.K., in enterprise infrastructure development; business intelligence; unified telecommunications; and implementation of health care information and electronic medical record systems.
Prior to Cambridge University Hospitals, Chaudry served as global research director at Gartner; CIO at the Liverpool Women’s and Alder Hey Children’s Hospitals in the U.K.; consulting editor for Hospital Information Technology Europe Magazine; information technology strategist for the Vision4Children Pediatric Charity in the U.K.; and teaching faculty at the City Colleges of Chicago.
“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Chaudry to the Seattle Children’s team,” said Dr. Jeff Sperring, chief executive officer of Seattle Children’s. “We are moving boldly into our next era, and Dr. Chaudry brings a global perspective and an incredible depth of experience that will help us transform the information and data initiatives empowering our mission and goals.”
Chaudry earned his doctor of medicine degree from Ross University in New Jersey. In the U.K., he earned his Master of Science degree in health care policy and management from the University of Birmingham; his Master of Science degree in information systems management from the University of Salford; and his Master of Business Administration from Aston University.
“I am honored to join the team at Seattle Children’s,” Chaudry said. “I look forward to guiding the development of key information technology systems necessary to support the organization and its staff in providing the highest quality of care and research to the patients and families who we serve.”
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