Rod is one of Australia’s leading digital hospital specialists with over 30 years’ experience at all levels of ICT. Rod designed and implemented Australia’s first fully digital Hospital, St Stephens Private Hospital in Hervey Bay and as a result is in constant demand as both a conference speaker and digital hospital strategist and has been referred to as the father of digital hospital design in Australia.
Rod was responsible for developing the ICT strategy and business case for the St. Stephens Private Hospital and, following a successful application to the federal government, took overall responsibility for the ICT design and implementation, resulting in Australia’s first HIMSS Level 6 fully digital hospital. Rod was also the ICT Lead with overall responsibility for the ICT strategy, design and commissioning of Victoria’s first dedicated cancer hospital, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, a digital hospital exceeding $1.1 billion. He was the EMR Project Director for the development of the successful EMR business case for the Parkville Precinct, which comprises three major Melbourne metropolitan hospitals.
Rod was most recently the ICT Lead for the Victorian Heart Hospital, Australia’s first dedicated heart hospital and Victoria’s first greenfield fully digital hospital with an aspiration to open as a HIMSS Level 6 facility. Rod developed the ICT and EMR strategy and a successful business case for the largest single ICT budget for a hospital construction project in Victoria’s history and held overall responsibility for the design and implementation of ICT and EMR within the facility. He has consulted on a number of other Digital Hospital projects across Australia and has extensive experience working within a Public Private Partnership (PPP) or Managing Contractor (MC) environment in both State and client roles. Rod previously worked in healthcare as the IT Manager for Uniting Care Health, a not-for profit healthcare organisation in Queensland spanning 5 large acute care hospitals in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Rod holds a Bachelor of Business (Computing) from the UCQ.