David Roffe heads out after two decades at St Vincent's

The long-time CIO of St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, David Roffe, is set to finish up at the end of next month after almost 20 years in the saddle.

Mr Roffe originally had a background in electrical and biomechanical engineering but has served as CIO for St Vincents & Mater Health Sydney since 1997.

He has overseen the commercialisation and roll-out of the DeLacy clinical information system, working closely with Emerging Systems, which took over management of deLacy and redesigned it as the web-based EHS in 2002. It was originally designed by clinicians at St Vincent's Private Hospital and has been used there since 1992.

Mr Roffe was also heavily involved in new eHealth initiatives as part of the Eastern Sydney Connect wave 2 trial for the implementation of the PCEHR, and the hospital has long been involved in research into the use and safety of eHealth systems in clinical practice, most notably with the Australian Institute of Health Innovation.

St Vincent's was the first hospital to link to the PCEHR and one of the first to implement an electronic medications management system in Australia, rolling out CSC's MedChart back in 2005. Mr Roffe also implemented the first Australian active medical equipment tracking system to improve patient care.

He is also a long-standing member of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) and graciously hosted many meetings of HISA NSW. Mr Roffe tells us he's off to do some work as a consultant to other healthcare organisations looking to implement eHealth and will finish up on May 31.

Posted in Movers and shakers

Tags: PCEHR, Emerging Systems, St Vincent's Hospital

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