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Rob Shaw, former Deputy CEO of NHS Digital joins Zesty as advisor

January 28, 2020

Zesty, the UK’s leading provider of patient portal technology for NHS hospitals, is delighted to announce that Rob Shaw is joining the company as an advisor with immediate effect. Rob, who recently retired from his role as Deputy CEO of NHS Digital, is a recognised expert in all aspects of health care technology and cyber-security.

NHS Digital is the national information and technology partner of the health and care system. NHS Digital’s team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend.

His part time role with Zesty will be to advise the company on the future direction of its product portfolio, assist with making the Zesty products easy for hospitals to implement and ensure patient data is always safe and secure.

Rob Shaw said “I’m delighted to join Zesty. They are a fast growing digital health company delivering real benefits to NHS Trusts with a reputation for product excellence and strong technical delivery. Linking patients digitally with their hospital is one of the ways to reduce the cost of delivering care and really improve the patient experience, which is something I am very passionate about.”

Commenting on his appointment, James Balmain, Zesty CEO, said “we are delighted that someone with Rob’s unparalleled knowledge and experience has agreed to help Zesty on the next stage of its journey. Zesty has a unique set of products which help hospitals and patients communicate with each other much more effectively. Involving patients digitally in their care is really important and we are very excited about the future”


About Rob Shaw

Rob was appointed as NHS Digital’s Deputy Chief Executive in August 2017, after serving as Interim Chief Executive in early 2017 and Chief Operating Officer since April 2016. He was awarded the CBE for his services to Health and Social Care in 2018.

He joined as Director of Operations and Assurance Services in April 2014 and managed the insourcing of three critical infrastructure services: the core NHS Spine systems, the Care Identity Service (CIS) and the Secondary Uses Service (SUS). He was SRO for Spine and CIS and delivered the Programmes on Open Source technology.

Rob ran CareCert which is one of only three government Certs in the UK and had strong relationships with the National Cyber Security Committee. He also ran the Cyber Security Strand of the Global Digital Health Partnership which brings together over 30 countries from across the globe.

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About Zesty

Zesty is a multi-award winning European digital health company backed by a group of international VC funds, including Mangrove Capital, LBO France and Qualcomm Ventures. We offer a suite of patient facing digital tools to healthcare providers.

Our clients are hospitals, community providers and general practice surgeries. Our apps remove the friction from everyday health related tasks, like booking and managing appointments, reading letters digitally and sharing copies of electronic medical records.

Our vision is to fundamentally change the way hospitals and community providers communicate with their patients, whilst providing tools that empower patients to take more direct control of their care.


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