Health Informatician Robyn Cook departs for Qatar

A leader in the Australian health informatics industry will take up a new position in the Middle East at the end of the month.

Robyn Cook will step down as Chair of the NSW Branch of Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) and Chair of Nursing Informatics Australia (NIA) to commence in the role of senior project manager for the implementation of clinical information systems at the yet-to-be-opened Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha, Qatar.

The Sidra Medical and Research Center is the first academic medical centre based on those found in North American to be developed in the Gulf region.

It is expected to open in November, 2011.

Ms Cook’s duties will encompass the selection of the new clinical system to be used by the hospital, right through to the full implementation of the system.

“This is a really exciting opportunity,” Ms Cook told Pulse+IT.

“There are not many hospitals in Australia making this level of investment.”

Ms Cook said the Gulf region was well placed to be a world leader in Health IT.

“The Middle East is gearing up for significant investment in health informatics solutions.”

Although Ms Cook, who has been in the health informatics industry for the past 18 years, has stepped down as Chair of both HISA NSW and NIA, she will remain a member of the NIA board.

Dr George Margellis will assume the position of Chair at HISA NSW until elections are held in July.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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