Bowden to hang out shingle as indy adviser, Creighton steps up at HealthLink

HealthLink co-founder and CEO Tom Bowden is stepping down again, planning to hang out his shingle as an independent consultant to the eHealth sector. His role at HealthLink will be taken by chief financial officer Michelle Creighton.

Mr Bowden co-founded HealthLink in 1993 following a conversation with Orion Health CEO Ian McCrae. The company now has more than 15,000 customers and 100 staff in New Zealand and Australia and is responsible for the exchange of 100 million clinical messages annually.

HealthLink has subsequently become part of the Clanwilliam Group, with the Irish firm buying a majority stake in September last year. Mr Bowden had moved aside for COO Graeme Stretch early that year but was asked to retake the reins by the new owner temporarily.

Mr Bowden said he'd been keen to pass on running the company for some time to try his hand at other things while still working within the sector. He is currently vice-president of Australia's Medical Software Industry Association (MSIA).

“From April 2019, I will be ‘hanging out my shingle’ as an independent consultant, advising national and state government organisations that are seeking to design and implement eHealth strategies,” he said.

“I hope to bring to bear some of the experience I have gained in consulting for the Commonwealth Fund, Canada Health Infoway and participation in research work currently underway at the Australian Institute for Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Sydney.”

Mr Bowden said that as the leading provider of secure messaging and SmartForms services in both Australia and New Zealand, HealthLink has some very exciting opportunities ahead of it.

“Work to establish SmartForms-based electronic referrals is progressing well in both Australia and New Zealand and our collaboration with the Australian Digital Healthcare Agency to provide an interoperable messaging infrastructure throughout the Australian healthcare system has helped to further expand secure messaging coverage,” he said.

“Recent shareholding changes and membership of the Clanwilliam Group of companies brings some very significant opportunities for HealthLink which is now part of a rapidly growing group of international companies.”

Mr Bowden will work with Ms Creighton over the next three months as he transitions out of the company, he said. Ms Creighton has been CFO for four years and previously worked as a business analyst with IT companies.

Posted in Movers and shakers

Tags: HealthLink, SmartForms, MSIA, Clanwilliam


+1 # Derek Gower 2018-12-06 09:08
I hope you enjoy the new challenges Tom. I remember well when you introduced Houston Medical to HL7 way back in '93 and while controversial your contribution to health interoperabilit y in both NZ and Australia is unequalled.
Best wishes
Derek Gower

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