Rowlands expands Direktly into Asia

eHealth consultant David Rowlands has stepped down as chair of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) and director of HL7 Australia to concentrate on the new offices his firm Direkt Consulting has opened in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Direkt Consulting opened a Hong Kong office in the first week of January and is in the process of establishing an office in Singapore. That office will be up and running in February, along with a new website.

“We usually work through word of mouth but will need more visibility in new markets,” Mr Rowlands said.

His place as chair of HISA is now being filled by former vice-chair Katerina Andronis, a consultant in life sciences and healthcare at Deloitte in Melbourne, becoming the first woman to take on the role.

Mr Rowlands said Direkt Consulting had been doing work in Singapore for several years on the design and development of its national electronic health record (EHR). Singapore and Hong Kong are trying to connect up their health systems using IT, just like other jurisdictions.

“The focus of Direkt Consulting is making sure that the pieces of the eHealth jigsaw come together coherently. Stronger linkages and deeper understanding of experiences across the wider Asia region will help provide our clients with that coherence and assist them to get maximum value out of eHealth.”

Posted in Australian eHealth

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