Modern Healthcare reports that world-renowned academic medical center MD Anderson has hired David Jaffray as its first chief technology and digital officer. Presently, Mr. Jaffray serves as vice president for technology and innovation at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. With a PhD in medical biophysics he will oversee MD Anderson’s information services division and its information security department. Jaffray appears to be a heavy hitter—having served in the Division of Biophysics and Bioimaging at the Ontario Cancer Institute. Additionally, he was a professor and Vice Chair in the University of Toronto’s Department of Radiation Oncology. An inventor, he and others developed an on-line volumetric kv-imaging guidance system for radiation therapy. Moreover, he was named as one of “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40” back in 2003 by Caldwell Partners.
It would appear MD Anderson selected well as he possess the deep subject matter expertise necessary for this high profile position. A key responsibility moving forward: collaborate with strategy and business development groups within to help drive data governance and integration across the campuses.
Whether health care or clinical research, comprehensive, standard-driven, connected systems is not a luxury but a must for providers and research organizations to remain effective. A smart move by MD Anderson to create this position—staff with an individual with the correct “vocational certainty” and move forward with “digital” as not only a supporting infrastructure but as a business tool to transcend current constraints, moving towards a standard-driven connected (and secured) world with MD Anderson ecosystem.