Dr Sam Heard, MD  |  Chair of the Board

Dr Sam Heard, MD | Chair of the Board

Dr Sam Heard is a is a practicing clinician with a diverse range of international experience, including roles in inner London (UK) and the Northern Territory (Australia), where he assisted with the standardisation of health information to empower clinicians and their patients - and improve health care and outcomes. During his career, Sam has held senior positions in London and Australian Universities, as well as Australian Professional Colleges. He ran the GP training program for the Northern Territory for many years and was also chairperson of the National Education Committee of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners for three years.

As an active GP obstetrician, Sam continues to practice medicine when at home in Darwin (Australia) – sharing his skills where there is a major shortage of clinicians. Sam developed clinical software for general practice in London in 1985, was a leader of the Good European Health Record (GEHR) project, and has been active in heath informatics ever since. He has published widely on both clinical and e-health subjects and has presented at numerous conferences around the world.

Sam has been an Australian representative to international standards meetings and was a foundation co-Chair of the HL7 Electronic Health Record Technical Committee (EHR TC). To add to his wealth of experience, Sam was an invited observer and contributor to the CEN EN 13606 standards meetings, and is a key contributor to Standards Australia. Sam was also a member of the IHTSDO Implementation and Innovation committee of (2009-10). In 1997, Sam was responsible for the development of some of the key concepts of knowledge-based e-health including archetypes, with Thomas Beale. Sam developed the original product concepts for the Archetype Editor, Ocean Terminology Service and subset builder, and the Clinical Knowledge Manager (CKM).

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Dr Hugh Leslie, MD  |  Chief Executive Officer

Dr Hugh Leslie, MD | Chief Executive Officer

Dr Hugh Leslie is a clinician with a passion for information technology and a commitment to explore how it can enable better health outcomes and reduce costs. Hugh has 20+ years’ experience in health informatics – time that has been spent building real applications for real customers and meeting real needs. He has extensive experience and expertise in health standards, including openEHR, HL7 and SNOMED. In addition to participating in the development of those standards, Hugh works to implement them in real applications.

As an expert on clinical workflow and health information pathways, Hugh has a deep understanding of what is required of EHR solutions and applications. His medical experience gives him a clear understanding of how to develop customer requirements positively and he is a major contributor to the design and implementation of the Ocean clinical modeling tools. Hugh also consults on e-health strategy for national programs, as well as provider organisations.

Hugh is a proud Australian representative to HL7 international and is also a board member of HL7 Australia.

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Dr David Rowed, MD | Non-executive Director

Dr David Rowed, MD | Non-executive Director