Karen Gibson

Karen is a Principal in The Checkley Group and has more than 20 years’ experience in a diverse range of senior roles within the Health sector, primarily in the areas of strategy development, change management, planning and implementation.

Karen has been responsible for the delivery of major programs and innovative projects, particularly in eHealth. She has a track record of effective business case development, successfully attracting new funding. Her extensive experience also includes risk and issue management, program and project assurance, including Digital Hospital Design. She has led and facilitated stakeholder engagement, change management and benefits realisation activities. She has a broad background in the legislative environment and has both breadth and depth of understanding and experience regarding privacy and information management.

Karen has worked on a range of ICT initiatives, in organisations at the hospital, state, national and international levels which has enabled her to build strong networks, particularly relating to eHealth, both within Australia and internationally.  She has represented the digital health community as an elected Board member of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (6 years), as a member of a number of Standards Australia working groups (including for Digital Hospital Design) and as Australian representative on the Board of what is now known as SNOMED International (3 years).

Immediately prior to joining the Checkley Group she was a senior consultant at BT Australasia, and other previous roles include Director of eHealth Planning for Queensland Health and General Manager at NEHTA.

As part of the Checkley Consulting team she has led work to develop the ICT & IM Strategic plans for a number of clients, produced EMR options reports for state digital health programs, undertaken multiple pre and post go-live reviews of EMR implementations, developed business cases and led ICT workforce modelling reviews for a number of clients.   She has worked with other experts in our team to develop the Checkley Digital Hospital framework and used this to support a range of consulting assignments including development of the Digital Hospital Strategy for the Tweed Valley Hospital Development.