Martin Whittaker is director of Touchstone Consultancy Ltd and has been active in healthcare IT for more than 25 years. Starting off as a programmer on pathology systems, he held posts in project management, sales management and marketing before running CHC (UK) Ltd, a company specialising in pathology and diagnostic imaging systems.
Since 1991 he has been a consultant, specialising in the application of IT standards in healthcare. He has also undertaken many strategic consultancy tasks for the NHS, including contributing to the Care Record system OBS and working on the design of the Spine.
As well as his consultancy work, Martin is a founder and oard director of HL7 UK, a not-for-profit body co-ordinating and developing the HL7 healthcare interoperability standards. It is this role that should prove most relevant to the techUK Healthcare Council: the success of the non-LSP healthcare IT market is likely to be dependent on how well systems can interoperate using HL7. With no clear lead from CfH in this area, it will probably be up to bodies such as techUK and HL7 UK to set the strategy in this field. It would be his aim to promote a closer relationship between the two organisations. This will help to ensure that suppliers wishes in this area are reflected in the market. Martin Whittaker has been an active member of the techUK Healthcare Group (and its CSA/CSSA forerunners) since 1986. He was Chairman of the group from 1991-93 and was given a Recognition Award for his services.