Jem Rashbass

Research Director at Clinical and Biomedical Computing Ltd


Director, Clinical and Biomedical Computing Unit, University of Cambridge

Jem Rashbass is a clinician with a background in medicine, molecular biology and histopathology. Since 1997 he has been the Director of the Clinical and Biomedical Computing Unit (CBCU) first within the University of Cambridge and now the NHS. For three years from July 2000 he held the inaugural Directorship of the Cambridge University Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies, setting up the Centre and establishing its international reputation.

In 2003 he became head of the Eastern Cancer Registry and Information Centre, a post he holds in conjunction with the leadership of the East of England Cancer Screening Quality Assurance Services. In early 2011 he became the National Director for Cancer Registry Modernisation with responsibility for establishing a unified National Cancer Registration Service across the whole of England.

Jem holds honorary NHS consultant contracts in public health medicine and histopathology, is a Fellow of and former e-learning lead for the Royal College of Pathologists in the UK and a member of the Policy and Strategy Group of the BCS. He is a founder and Director of Clinical and Biomedical Computing Ltd (CBCL), a University/NHS spin-out company specializing in web-based publishing software. CBCL currently develops and delivers all the online publications for the Pharmaceutical Press, including the British National Formulary. In 2011 he founded a community interest company Health Data Insight C.I.C. to provide healthcare information to patients, public and healthcare industries while ensuring that all the value is retained for the public good.

Previously, Jem was a Founding Fellow of the Cambridge-MIT Institute, a member of the GE Healthcare International Scientific Advisory Board and the International Advisory Board of Informing Healthcare, Wales. He spent six years as a Non-executive Director and Vice Chairman of the NHS Information Authority and has acted as a special advisor to the Health Select Committee of the House of Commons.