Head of Clinical Informatics, healthAlliance, Auckland, New Zealand.
With more than 20 years in the health sector, Karen’s experience spans clinical practice in both Australia and New Zealand as well as time spent in management, education and senior policy roles.
She now specialises in digital health at healthAlliance; working across the northern region of NZ and four District Health Boards providing clinical informatics leadership and expertise.
Karen is a founding member and Co-Chair of the Clinical Informatics Leadership Network, which provides a national multi-disciplinary and responsive network for clinicians in NZ working in digital health.
Karen provides national expertise on health data through her involvement on the board of directors for HL7NZ and Health Informatics New Zealand, and sits on the Ministry of Health’s Health Information Standards Organisation, Digital Identity Advisory, and Sector Advisory Panel.
She is experienced in establishing health data governance, and the development of standards that enable interoperability.
Karen is regularly called upon to put out fires. This isn’t a euphemism, she volunteers as an operational fire fighter with Fire and Emergency NZ, maintaining her clinical practice as a first responder attending medical emergencies and MVAs, structural and vegetation fires.