#Innovidual Peter Oliver
We’re a company full of innovative individuals, or as we call them, #innoviduals. This recurring series highlights some of our best and brightest employees, providing insights about the scope and depth of talent throughout Leidos.
This week’s #innovidual is UK Health Lead Peter Oliver.
Tell us a little about your job role and responsibilities, and/or something you’re currently working on
“I lead Health for Leidos in the U.K. and I’m working as part of a team delivering our current projects, primarily with the National Health Service in England; as well as shaping and guiding Leidos Health to address the needs of U.K. health and care. In addition to delivering projects and pursuing new opportunities, we’re working to develop our vision and roadmap for Leidos Health in the U.K.
I’ve also just been elected to serve on the techUK Health and Social Care Council, which is a group that meets regularly to focus on techUK’s Health and Social Care policy and programme of activities, as well as to provide a consultative industry panel for government and other stakeholders.”
Why is innovation important in your role?
“Innovation is key in these demanding and critical times of change for health and care in the U.K. There is significant opportunity to better utilise existing, emerging and smart technologies to improve outcomes for citizens, patients and service users as we strive to enhance an integrated, holistic, citizen-centred approach to care, underpinned and enabled by intelligent use of technology.
Health and social care organisations, and their suppliers, need support with truly developing and adopting interoperable open standards, encouraging safe innovation, supporting improved data utilisation, connecting people and organisations, and identifying new ways to reduce risk and cost. Leidos helps achieve innovation in health and care, from implementing and optimising electronic patient record solutions to groundbreaking research to treat cancer and AIDS.”
What’s your definition of innovation? What does innovation mean to you?
“Innovation is a culture. A safe environment in which we can apply our talents and take calculated risks to develop new ideas, concepts, solutions and services that we think can add real value to the missions of our customers. Innovation is something we invest in, something we cultivate and something we take pride in.”
What does innovation look like?
“Innovation is transformative. In the case of health and care, innovation improves quality of life and increases life expectancy — and it improves access, efficiency and outcomes when treatment is required. However, most importantly in the challenging times we face, innovation supports cross-organisational collaboration to reduce the need for citizens to receive traditional care in the first place. Through prevention, we can help citizens enjoy healthier and happier lives, physically and mentally.”
Meet more Leidos #innoviduals here.