Health IT firm The Learning Clinic has appointed former Virgin chief executive Stephen Murphy as its new chairman.
Following 17 years at Virgin, including the last six as group CEO, Murphy joins the provider of clinical software systems.
The Learning Clinic said in a statement that Murphy’s appointment “precipitates a focus on growing the business and its range of innovative products”.
In his role as group CEO of Virgin, Murphy was responsible for instigating Virgin’s entrance into the health sector with Virgin Care.
Roger Killen, founder and managing director of The Learning Clinic, said: “Stephen has a history of spotting small to medium-size enterprises with potential. The fact that he has joined The Learning Clinic with the express intent of steering us to the next level is a great compliment.”
Murphy said he decided to join the firm because its flagship product, VitalPac, “is one of the best technology products I’ve ever come across”.
“It is clear that the private sector has a very important role to play in helping to improve productivity and efficiency in publicly funded health services going forward,” Murphy added. “The Learning Clinic has proven products that are intuitive, affordable and highly effective. As such, there is a great opportunity to scale the business and bring huge benefits into the NHS and that is what I am keen to do.”