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Zafar Chaudry, MD

Senior Vice President & Chief Digital and Information Officer

Seattle Children's

Zafar Chaudry, MD

As Senior Vice President and Chief Digital and Information Officer, Dr. Zafar Chaudry provides vision and leadership for the development of technology initiatives and enterprise-wide information systems and services for Seattle Children’s. His goal is to enable clinicians with the best technology to deliver safe and excellent care to our patients.

Chaudry, who began his career as a physician, brings to Seattle Children’s over 20 years’ worth of experience in healthcare informatics and a strong technical, business and international standards–based approach to IS. He has worked in senior IT roles in startups and served as faculty at the City Colleges of Chicago. He then became CIO of Europe’s largest women’s hospital (Liverpool Women’s) and its largest children’s hospital (Alder Hey), both in Liverpool, England. He moved on to serving as research director for global healthcare at Gartner. Most recently, he was CIO of Cambridge University Hospitals in the United Kingdom.

Chaudry earned his MD from Ross University. He subsequently earned his MS in healthcare management and policy from the University of Birmingham, his MIS in information systems management from the University of Salford and his MBA from Aston University, all in the U.K.

While not at work, Chaudry enjoys international travel and is an avid fan of science fiction.

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IT has the ability to shift very quickly to solve problems. We are all well suited to do that as IT professionals. But what about the mental strain? We don't always look at the human factors when it comes to the impact.
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People are under a lot of emotional strain outside of work because of the uncertainties of what's happening. I've seen that level of pressure within the teams. So I think you're going to have to do more hand holding during the pandemic. We've tried to do that across the board.
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Pre-pandemic, on average, on any single day we would have about 100 people working remotely. When the pandemic hit us we had to pivot to virtual very quickly. In about 48 hours we were at 4,000 people working remotely. A third of our workforce remains working remotely and in terms of work productivity we haven't seen any dips.
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