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Zesty appoints Professor Martin Severs as Chief Medical Officer

June 17, 2019

Zesty has appointed Professor Martin Severs as its new Chief Medical Officer. Martin was Chief Medical Officer of NHS Digital, formerly HSCIC from March 2014 to February 2019. NHS Digital is the national information and technology partner to the health and social care system. Their mission is to harness the power of information and technology to improve health and care.

Professor Severs was a consultant geriatrician for 30 years, a professor of health care for older people for 25 years at the University of Portsmouth and has extensive experience in general management at service, medical director, and non-executive Board roles in health and research.

Speaking about his new role, Professor Severs commented: “I am looking forward to helping the Zesty team evolve their products into a market leading Patient Portal where the patient has genuine control and can contribute to their care and well being. We share many beliefs around privacy, data protection & standardisation, information governance and protecting the rights of the patient. Zesty has come a long way in the last 2 years improving provider efficiency and patient experience and I am confident the company will achieve great things.”

Martin joins on a part time basis at an exciting stage of the company’s development, Zesty currently provides digital patient facing services for 17 NHS clients across the UK. The NHS client base consists of 7 Acute NHS Hospitals plus 10 Primary Care, Community & Sexual Health providers and the company is firmly on track to double the number of healthcare customers using its technology in the next 12 to 18 months. 

Speaking about the appointment Zesty CEO, James Balmain commented: “We are genuinely humbled that someone of Martin’s calibre and experience is joining us to help deliver our patient centric mission in the UK and overseas. Zesty will benefit enormously from his clinical insights, health informatics and medical data expertise. Martin’s credibility and stature within the NHS and internationally is second to none, for example he was the clinical lead on Dame Fiona Caldicott’s second review of information governance and chair of the information advisory structure of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges. He also set up and chaired the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation.”

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About Professor Martin Severs

Professor Severs is Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian. Martin was a consultant geriatrician for 30 years, a professor of health care for older people for 25 years at the University of Portsmouth and has extensive experience in general management at service, medical director, and non-executive Board roles in health and research.

In Health Informatics, Martin has had a number of national and international roles, including, but not limited to Chairman of the Management Board of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation, Chairman of the Information Standards Board and clinical lead for the Caldicott Information Governance Review: ‘To share or not to share’.

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, clinics and general practice surgeries. They pay us an annual SaaS fee or a fee per patient. Our apps remove the friction from everyday health related tasks, like booking appointments with doctors, reading letters digitally and managing repeat drug prescriptions.

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