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Movers and Shakers – Autumn 2020

Monday, 13 July 2020  
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Picture: Geoff King, former CIO Waikato DHB editor Rebecca McBeth

Geoff King – Waikato DHB


Geoff King has left Waikato DHB to become chief information officer at Waikato District Council.


He describes his 8.5 years at the DHB as "challenging, demanding, exciting, & hugely rewarding. 


"There is no debate that the sector has a number of challenges which require strong leadership to address.  One of the many challenges being the extended period of significant under investment in digital enablement," he says.   


"This said the DHB realised some significant improvements over the time, moving from an almost fully outsourced delivery model with some cost, time, & quality challenges to a more balanced mix of internal capability & industry partners, which enabled both a significant uplift in the quality of delivery and at the same time doubling of the volume of worked delivered whilst maintaining the same cost of delivery."


DHB clinical leaders describe King as a "stalwart supporter of clinician engagement", saying it is through his perseverance that there is a clinical director role for IS at Waikato DHB.  


Mike Foley is joining the DHB in August as executive director digital enablement. Foley has worked across public and private organisations including Auckland Council and Worksafe NZ.

Angela White – healthAlliance


Angela White has been appointed as a clinical informatics analyst at healthAlliance. She has a background as a clinical pharmacist and has worked across the public and private sector as a ward-based pharmacist, before moving into an informatics role.


Most recently, she was based at New Zealand's largest private hospital, responsible for the day to day management of pharmacy-related and organisation wide systems including electronic medicines management technology. She was the lead subject matter expert during the scoping and design phase of the hospitals new Electronic Medicine’s Record/Patient Administration System. 


At healthAlliance her role is to offer dedicated project clinical experience alongside analyst skills: providing clinical insights, subject matter expertise and engaging with DHB clinical teams establishes the clinical context for our projects.


Tom Varghese - Aceso


Tom Varghese has joined Aceso’s team as their Strategic Business Development Manager representing healthcare customers in the north of New Zealand.


Varghese’s passions are people, healthcare and technology. His professional background spans across clinical orthodontics, business development and a sprinkling of self-starter initiatives for good measure.


His most recent role was with Auckland based digital healthcare provider Vensa Health as part of the Practice Success and Innovation team. In this role, he was responsible for 250 general practices in the Northland- Auckland-Midlands regions.


Joining Aceso Health, Varghese’s goal is to bring the future of healthcare to the forefront and make healthcare better for all.


Eric van der Sluis – Odin Health

Former HealthLink National Manager for NZ, Eric vander Sluis has recently joined Odin Health as the global sales and marketing director.


He has been involved in the health sector and NZ export sector for over 20 years since joining Orion Health in 2000, where he served various roles, leaving as the Sales Director for APAC.


Odin Health, based out of Newmarket Auckland, has over 200 large hospital sites deployed, including some of the world’s largest hospitals.


“I’m really excited to be at the helm of an innovative NZ team of seriously world leading health integration experts. Our products will change the way health information is exchanged globally over the next 5 years,” says van der Sluis.



Ben Morgan – Accenture


Ben Morgan is the new Managing Director of Accenture New Zealand. Since joining Accenture in 2015, Morgan has led and grown New Zealand’s digital service offerings with a range of clients. He brings 15 years of experience in driving transformation across sectors spanning public service, health, aviation, retail and financial services.


In his new role, Morgan will lead Accenture New Zealand’s business, helping leading brands and organisations across the country to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the digital economy.






Michael Draheim – Cerner


Cerner Asia Pacific has expanded its clinical leadership team with the appointment of Michael Draheim as Chief Nursing Officer, who has more than 30 years of healthcare experience in both public and private organisations across Australia.

He will be responsible for providing nursing executive oversight and leadership in adoption and transformation efforts in governance, communication and engagement strategy.  In addition, his understanding of Cerner and how its population health solutions can be applied will ensure clients are aligned with Cerner’s vision and roadmap and that they continue to leverage and generate great value from the solutions and services.


If you would like to provide feedback on this news story, please contact the editor Rebecca McBeth.


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