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Hitachi moves into UK healthcare.

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Adrian Conduit

London: Hitachi Consulting yesterday made a move into the rapidly shifting UK healthcare market.

It has appointed Adrian Conduit Director of Business Development, who will head up a new healthcare practice in the UK.

Hitachi Consulting says Conduit has a well-established track record in team and business development and performance management, coupled with a clinical background as a biomedical scientist and a wealth of management consultancy experience within the healthcare market, and his task now is to build the new practice and make inroads into new business opportunities.

Conduit joins Hitachi Consulting UK from KPMG LLP, where he was responsible for the development of the UK healthcare practice. He has held senior positions at Ernst & Young LLP, BearingPoint Ltd and most recently KPMG LLP. With a career in the healthcare industry spanning over 25 years with responsibilities for managing budgets in excess of £50m, Hitachi Consulting says Conduit is well placed to lead the charge in understanding the business and technology issues and constraints placed on healthcare providers, acute trusts and commissioners.

The new healthcare practice will offer vertical enterprise solutions that leverage Hitachi Consulting's industry-leading technology alliance partnerships to address customers' IT needs with solutions that include comprehensive consultancy services and project management capabilities, supported with a comprehensive library of tools and resources that provide a competitive edge.

"2012 will be a very challenging year for healthcare in the UK as it begins to comprehend and rise to the challenges that lie ahead due to the constraints of trying to achieve more with less," said Adrian Conduit.

"The notion of 'Joined Up Services' doesn't have to be a non-attainable holy grail, but with the aggregation of functions — a shared services network between partnering healthcare trusts, for example, in the area of the reconfiguration of pathology services — significant efficiencies can be realised and more importantly, frontline services can be improved via the enablement of technology to help deliver key targets and commitments."

"Hitachi Consulting's focus on vertical market practices aligns well with our partner framework and delivery methodologies," said John O'Brien, Executive Vice President, Hitachi Consulting UK. "With Adrian Conduit on board, we are extremely confident that we can create collaborative technology-enabled solutions that are responsive to the issues and ongoing challenges our customers face, especially in these austere times when healthcare professionals are being asked to achieve more with sometimes a smaller slice of the budget."

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