Aside from our many market firsts, we are driven by the same core values as you – helping clinicians improve health outcomes for patients. And with a team of medical gurus and health informaticians; Australia-wide and beyond, you’ll never be short on finding someone to talk to.

We believe that our reach and experience speak for themselves, so before we go on, here are some insights:

  • We are true industry pioneers having built the first EHR platform in the world
  • Part owned by PenCS with national audience of 15 million patients, 7,900 doctors and 5.600 general practices and health services across Australia
  • Government and private customers in Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas
  • Strong international reputation as leaders in the global health and technology environment


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 With 20 years of experience, and literally thousands of users of our system, it’s safe to say we know a bit about electronic health records.

We proudly repeat our mantra of patients and customers first - making a clinical difference is our focus - technology is just the enabler. We believe good health system Is one that delivers quality services to all people, when and where they need them.

To this end, our products are delivered with the end users in sight. We pride ourselves in including patients and clinicians as active participants in the delivery of our products. As such, our staff who come from both IT and clinical backgrounds help us translate our customer’s needs into practical, user oriented technology that compliments clinical workflows.

Our processes and tooling support clinicians to drive clinical data quality. Our systems use standardised, high-quality, accurate and clinically verified health data that underpins safe data exchange, decision support, aggregation and analysis - and intelligent processing.

And if that wasn’t enough, our solutions are scalable to suit any size organisation, care setting and budget. This is evident through our work with international and national departments of health, health networks, large hospitals, aged care providers and smaller practices alike.


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Meet our leadership team:

  • Dr Sam Heard, MD | Founding Director

    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 Thomas Wenkart | Chair of the Board

    Dr. Wenkar’s brings to the Ocean Health Systems board a unique understanding and interest in, medical computing, electronic health records, biomedical technology, and videodermoscopy systems and a wealth of knowledge healthcare industry and medical profession. A nationally respected expert in healthcare, medical and hospital administration in Australia, Dr. Wenkart established Macquarie Health Corporation in Sydney, Australia in 1976. His organisation owns and operates eleven private hospitals in Australia, and is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. Dr. Wenkart is a graduate of the Sydney University School of Medicine. In 1976, he established the Health Care Research Institute and the Wenkart Foundation which supports the Arts and Health Sciences with the credo of "community benefits in the shortest possible time." In 2007 the Wenkart Foundation established the Wenkart Chair of Endothelium Medicine at Sydney University and the Centenary Institute. In 2003, he acquired Derma Medical Systems in Austria.
  • Heath Frankel | General Manager

    Heath Frankel has over 18 years of experience in health informatics solution design and development of clinical information systems. Throughout these roles, his emphasis has been on shared health records, system interoperability and electronic referrals. Initially, Heath specialised in Health Level 7 (HL7) clinical messaging and its relationship to Electronic Health Records (EHRs). He was a member of Standards Australia IT-14 working group committees and also represented Australia at HL7 Working Group Meetings as a Modelling Facilitator. Heath is also a contributor to the Australian profile for FHIR. Heath joined Ocean in 2005 to design and oversee the development of Ocean's openEHR clinical modelling tools and EHR application platform, which are the foundation of Ocean’s products and projects, including Multiprac Infection Control, LinkedEHR and NT DoH My eHealth Record. He has consulted to several Australian jurisdictions on eHealth integration, solution and enterprise architectures and currently contributes to the openEHR Foundation as a dedicated member of the Specification Editorial Committee.

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