Dr Brendan O'Brien

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Brendan O’Brien, MB, BCh, BAO, MPH, MSc, MSc, FFPH, MBCS is the chief clinical information officer for the regional health commissioning organisation for Northern Ireland. He is a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a founding fellow of the UK Faculty of Clinical Informatics. He represents Health & Social Care NI (HSCNI) on the Advisory Board of the Professional Record Standards Board and also on the UK Information Representation Services (IReS) Strategy Board. Dr O’Brien acts as a champion for clinical informatics as an enabler for safe and effective care across the health service in Northern Ireland. He promotes innovation and leads the development of a clinical informatics culture across the service. He chairs the Honest Broker Governance Board which reviews research applications seeking to access health service data. Dr O’Brien also directs the work of the regional clinical coding and data standards teams. Over recent years he has worked with GP practices across Northern Ireland to extract and analyse the very rich patient data they hold on their registered patient populations. This work has led to better information being available to health service planners and better prioritisation of support to patients with long term conditions. He is leading on strengthening the internal HSCNI analytics team so that the health service can better meet its information needs.