Dr Afzal Chaudhry is the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH), a consultant nephrologist, and Associate Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge. Dr Chaudhry was one of the leadership team that designed, procured and implemented the eHospital project for CUH. As the CMIO, he is responsible for the hardware and software that supports eHospital, and ensuring the quality of inputs to and outputs from the system, system changes, integration with research, information governance, communications, and policy.
Dr Chaudhry received his degree in Medicine from St George’s London where he won numerous prizes. He completed his specialist training in nephrology at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and his PhD in Pathology, with a focus on autoimmune disease at the Imperial College London. In 2003, Dr Chaudhry became a consultant nephrologist at CUH, and began to lead local and national strategies to improve patient care through clinical informatics and information technology solutions.
Dr Chaudhry has unique insight into how modern technology and medicine can be combined to advance patient care. With his combined experiences in delivering medical care for 25 years and writing health and biomedical research computer software for over 20 years, coupled with his research background, he is uniquely poised to develop innovative research and health solutions. Dr Chaudhry chairs the Renal Association SNOMED CT Terminology Committee and has contributed to the work led by the Royal College of Physicians Health Informatics Unit (for the Academy of the Medical Royal Colleges) on Clinical Document Data Standards. This committee is actively involved with the UK Terminology Centre in developing novel strategies, processes and software to support clinical review of UK SNOMED CT subsets. In 2013, he won the Terry Feest Award for Innovation, for his geographic performance visualisation programme for the UK Renal Registry. This programme provides web-based interactive maps showing geographical variation in the achievement of various clinical parameters against guidelines, integrates the software which generates the UK Renal Registry Centre specific reports, and provides a data portal to use novel data visualisations to help better understand centre performance against national guidelines and standards.
In addition to leading the CUH’s biggest investment ever, the eHospital system, which will advance our ability to deliver the safest, most effective and most equitable care possible, Dr Chaudhry leads the Informatics Theme within the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC); Cambridge Clinical Informatics is part of this initiative. He is actively involved in the research within CCI, is in charge of the CCI ICT Team under his role as CMIO, and leads innovation in clinical record coding and smart application development within CCI. Dr Chaudhry’s vision and planning of the integration of eHospital with research for the advancement of medicine has made Cambridge Clinical Informatics possible.
Tomlinson LA, Riding AM, Payne RA, Abel GA, Tomson CR, Wilkinso IB, Roland MO, Chaudhry AN. The accuracy of diagnostic coding for acute kidney injury in England – a single centre study. BMC Nephrology. 2013, 14:58