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Richard Corbridge revealed as leader of CIO 100 list

09 May 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Smith
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At a special event in London today, April 27th, the CIO 100 listings were announced with HSE CIO & CO of eHealth Ireland Richard Corbridge nominated as number 1. This is a significant achievement for Richard, the Health Service Executive and Ireland, especially as he is the first winner from outside of the UK.  Previous CIO 100 leaders have been diverse and recognised for driving change in their respective organisations and have included then Halfords CIO Anna Barsby, Nissan Europe CIO Stephen Kneebone, former UCLH Director of IT James Thomas, ex-easyJet CIO Trevor Didcock and Andy Williams from Save the Children.

Commenting on Richard’s nomination CIO UK Editor, Edward Qualtrough, said:

 "As a CIO with added Chief Officer responsibilities with eHealth Ireland, Richard and the CIO role at HSE Ireland are the definition of what many commentators and well-meaning industry advisors believe the CIO role should be: a board-level operator and strategic customer-focused business executive with the right dose of technology leadership."

 "The CIO 100 panel was impressed with the transformation agenda at HSE, and particularly the positioning of Richard Corbridge as the CIO being a key driver of this and being able to demonstrate having a positive impact on patients' experiences.

 Richard Corrige said: 

“A Chief Information Officer in Health in 2017 needs to consider two new elements; we are more and more responsible for the Ecosystem around the digital delivery as well as the concept of the ‘platform’ of what we are trying to build. This is becoming more and more a key part of this positive outcome. Without Ireland being able to adopt these concepts the team would not have been able to achieve this great accolade. The ECHAlliance and the eHealth Ireland ecosystem makes this possible.”

The annual CIO 100 is an acknowledgement and recognition of the role of the CIO and the value senior business technology executives provide to their organisations. As in previous years, the CIO 100 is a showcase of the crucial technology projects, IT strategies, innovations, ideas, change management and transformation initiatives CIOs in and from the UK and Ireland, are delivering to customers, organisations, partners and sectors. The CIO 100 list is judged by a panel of CIO 100 alumni, former CIOs, NEDs, and advisors to startups, boards and C-suite executives and is based on responses received from CIOs, CTOs, Chief Digital Officers, IT directors and equivalent from diverse industries representing the private, public and non-profit sectors in the UK as well as UK CIOs overseas

Minister for Health Simon Harris, congratulated Richard on the nomination saying:

"This is a real achievement for Richard personally and a great testament to his leadership and the hard work of his team in progressing digital developments in our health service.  It is also significant recognition for the commitment of the HSE to improving the patient experience through technology.  It is now universally accepted that digital technology is no longer an 'optional extra' but absolutely central to the delivery of patient-centred care and I am very proud of the real advances the Irish health service is making through the eHealth Ireland team.

Speaking about his nomination Richard said:

    Richard Bio pic                                                                “Being recognised as a CIO 100 leader is first and foremost a celebration of what the whole team has been able to achieve in the last 12 months. The reputation of ‘digital’ in health in Ireland has improved in leaps and bounds. A CIO can only be successful if the team around them believe in the vision, want to succeed with the CIO, and have a joint sense of purpose. I think that health more than any other area creates this a common sense of purpose for digital professionals, the concept of a mission for digital can be built to revolve around a nations health. Ireland strives to use digital as one of several catalysts to reform the health system, to build a better health service for the people of Ireland that places every patient at the centre of delivering not healthcare but life, after all the public simply wants to know that if they are ill a system is there to make them better.”   


You can read an interview with Richard about this here  And here's some photos from the evening! 

RC at CIO 100 awards groupRC at CIO 100 panel 1