Charles Gutteridge, a consultant haematologist at Newham General Hospital, in east London, will advise on clinical aspects of the development of patient records and the National Programme for IT.
Mr Gutteridge was previously involved in work on patient safety, confidentiality and informatics in his position as medical director at Barts and The London trust.
He said: ‘This is an exciting time to be at the cutting edge of delivering informatics to improve patient care.
‘There is a sea change in clinical attitudes to informatics and the National Programme for IT. My colleagues know that good, accessible information enormously raises the quality of treatment and diagnosis we can provide to the public.'