By Eimear Dodd Journalism MA student, @TheCity_Dublin editor, @Irish_TechNews

HSE Chief Information Officer (CIO) Richard Corbridge has been named as the number 1 CIO in the CIO 100. The list recognises the achievements of 100 technology and business leaders driving change and transformation in their markets. The CIO 100 listings were announced in London on 27 April.

The annual CIO 100, published by CIO, acknowledges the role of the CIO and the value senior business technology executives provide to their organisations. The awards act as a showcase for the crucial technology projects, IT strategies, innovations, ideas, change management and transformation initiatives CIOs in and from the UK are delivering to customers, organisations, partners and sectors. The CIO list features UK CIOs wherever they are based globally.

“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.” Mr Corbridge said.

He continued: “I think that health more than any other area, creates a common sense of purpose for digital professionals, where the concept of a mission for digital, can be built to revolve around a nation’s health. Ireland strives to use digital as one of several catalysts to reform the health system and 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 want to know that there is a health system in place to help them when they need it.”

Having previously worked in the NHS, Mr Corbridge joined the HSE as CIO in 2014. He is also Chief Officer of eHealth Ireland which aims to improve healthcare provision using technology based solutions. Mr Corbridge is one of six healthcare leaders named in the CIO 100. He is also an expert in healthcare strategy and technology with over 20 years of experience.

Minister for Health Simon Harris offered his congratulations 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.”

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 representatives from the private, public and non-profit sectors in the UK as well as UK CIOs overseas. The 2017 list features CIOs from sectors including the media, communications, retail and manufacturing.

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