Gen-i hires former CIO to push healthcare business

Ex-Hawke's Bay DHB CIO joins as head of healthcare division

Gen-i has signalled its intentions to play a part in the upgrading of New Zealand’s health IT and networking infrastructure by appointing former Hawke’s Bay District Health Board CIO Jo-Ann Jacobson as health business development manager.

The role is a newly-created one at Gen-i.

In a statement announcing the appointment, Gen-i CEO Chris Quin says the Telecom subsidiary is “aiming to support the Government’s strategy to regionalise and nationalise information systems and move to a single federated electronic health record by 2014.

“Our vision is to provide the health sector with cloud-based services that connect health organisations and provide access to clinical information anywhere, anytime.

“We’re working with a number of health providers and ICT partners to identify areas where we can deliver valuable technologies and service using our cloud capabilities.”

Jacobson was with the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board for three years, and has also held the position of IT service manager at Air New Zealand.

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