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Movers & Shakers: Autumn 2019

Friday, 17 May 2019  
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Megan Milmine – Counties Manukau Health


Megan Milmine has been appointed deputy chief information officer at Counties Manukau Health. Milmine, who is a nurse by background, was previously the programme manager for the DHB’s IT digital innovations programme, Healthy Together Technology.


Her role is to provide leadership and direction for the management of information systems and health informatics, both within the DHB and also at a regional level through the Northern Region ISSP programme. 


“With my blend of clinical and managerial skills, I want to make sure I am an advocate for our clinicians’ needs in the information technology and health informatics space,” she says. 


“Enabling better clinical processes across the DHB allows us to ultimately improve the care we provide to our local population. My aim is to bring together a wide range of stakeholders to effect change over the entirety of our health system.”


Graeme Osborne – Telstra Health


Former director of the National Health IT Board Graeme Osborne is now head of hospitals at Telstra Health. He manages Telstra Health’s hospitals business unit, which leads and develops the Telstra Health Electronic Medical Record and other hospital software platforms. 


Osborne led the creation of New Zealand’s National Health IT Board in 2009 and the development of the inaugural national Health IT Plan for New Zealand in 2010. Over six years with the board he oversaw the delivery of a number of digital health projects such as the GP2GP medical record transfer system, patient portals and e-referrals.


“His experience and passion for improving healthcare delivery and outcomes through digital solutions will help to ensure patients, clinicians and health managers experience improved care pathways enabled by the smart, digital health platforms that Telstra Health offers,” says Telstra Health managing director Mary Foley.


Steven Parrish – eSPACE Programme


 Steven Parrish has been appointed the eSPACE Programme’s interim senior responsible officer, following the departure of Maureen Chrystall to spend more time with her family.


Parrish has been chief information officer at Taranaki DHB since 2016 and is the CIO lead for the Midland region.


The eSPACE programme sits within HealthShare, a shared services agency for the five Midland region DHBs, and is tasked with delivering the Midland Clinical Portal. It is the SRO’s responsibility to ensure the delivery of all activities within the programme and realise the projected benefits.


His tenure as SRO is until the end of July 2019.


Steve Earnshaw – 3DHB


Steve Earnshaw is chief clinical information officer ICT at 3DHB. His newly created role is to provide clinical input and oversight of health IT projects at Capital and Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa District Health Boards.


Earnshaw was previously the chief medical officer at South Canterbury DHB, where he chaired the South Island Clinical Informatics Leadership Team and led the roll-out of the regional clinical portal Health Connect South to the five South Island DHBs.


He will retain some clinical time as an orthopaedic surgeon as part of the new role.





Gavin Bennett – Microsoft


Gavin Bennett has replaced Rod Park as account technology strategist focusing on the New Zealand health sector at Microsoft.


His role entails working with all the DHBs and the Ministry of Health to make best use of the Microsoft technology that the sector has access to. This involves working with administrative, support and clinical staff to help streamline and simplify processes, and IT and security teams to design and implement these technologies.


“I am really looking forward to partnering once again with the health sector, having previously worked in the sector in my previous role at Citrix,” he says.


“The opportunity for the health sector and Microsoft to truly partner together is exciting.”






Susan Harkin – healthAlliance NZ


Susan Harkin is the new chief financial officer at shared services agency for the northern region DHBs healthAlliance NZ. She has previously held senior finance and commercial roles with Genesis Energy, Fletcher Building and the Department of Corrections.


She joins healthAlliance at an exciting time as the agency embarks on the delivery phase of the region’s IS Strategic Plan.


“Ensuring sound financial oversight is critical as we start to implement projects that will join up our customers’ IT systems and information,” she says.


“Ultimately this will enable improved healthcare for people in our communities, so I’m really pleased to be part of the team working to deliver them.”





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