​Barwon Health appoints new CIO

​Barwon Health appoints new CIO

Dr Sharon Hakkennes replaces Ann Larkins

Dr Sharon Hakkennes

Dr Sharon Hakkennes

Barwon Health has appointed Dr Sharon Hakkennes as its new CIO, replacing Ann Larkins who left the organisation and moved to Alfred Health last July.

Hakkennes has worked in various roles at the Victorian healthcare organisation since 2006, most recently as director of health informatics. She was also a stroke clinical facilitator at the Department of Health Victoria between 2009 and 2010.

Barwon Health chief executive, Paul Cohen, said Hakkennes’ innovative approach and exceptional analytical skills has resulted in the development and implementation of Barwon Health’s enterprise metadata registry and information asset registry.

“Sharon has also spearheaded the ongoing development of HEART, Barwon Health’s new online reporting data warehouse, which delivers timely access reports that inform how we provide care.

"These developments have also led to the implementation of the organisation’s SharePoint Government model and SharePoint Collaborative Site Project. This has ultimately positioned Barwon Health as a leader in data and information governance," he said.

Outside of Barwon Health, Sharon is a director of the Kids Plus Foundation, an organisation that delivers multi-disciplinary therapy programs for babies, children and young people with neuro development disabilities.

“With a demonstrated ability to collaborate, lead and engage clinical staff as well as technical staff, I look forward to Sharon’s contribution to the organisation expanding in this role as we embark on our 2015/20 Strategic Plan,” Cohen said.

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