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ICS welcomes Fellow Michelle Kearns

ICS welcomes Michelle Kearns as a Fellow of the society.

Michelle is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Caredoc, a not-for-profit organisation delivering healthcare services in Ireland. Throughout her time in Caredoc, Michelle has been instrumental in developing the Caredoc eHealth ecosystem and using technology to support patients and clinicians in the provision of integrated healthcare services. Michelle was named CIO of the Year for the “Women in IT” Awards 2019. 

Michelle is an active member of the Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI), College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and the Digital Health Network UK. 

Stemming from her work in Caredoc, Michelle was invited to become a World Health Organisation (WHO) Adviser and contributes to the WHO European Framework for Action on Integrated Health Services Delivery. Michelle leads the WHO Global forum on Change Management that encourages members to exchange learnings – both good and bad – and share experiences with international colleagues. 

Michelle was a founding member of the council of clinical information officers (CCIO) in Ireland and believes strongly that digital technology can change the way care is delivered in the future, but clinicians must be at the core of the design and development of any solutions. 

Throughout her time in Caredoc Michelle has been part of numerous projects that have delivered in the area of integrated care and has been a member of the International Foundation of Integrated Care (IFIC) since 2013. Following on from her projects and participation in special interest groups and conferences, she became a Board member for IFIC Ireland in May 2019. The core mission of IFIC Ireland is to develop capacity and capabilities of Ireland in the design and delivery of integrated care. IFIC Ireland seeks to achieve this by providing a platform to develop and exchange ideas and promote activities in the region in keeping with its mission.

Michelle’s roles have given her the opportunity to experience health technology worldwide. In 2015 she became the Director and co-founder of One HealthTech Ireland, a community that supports and promotes women and other underrepresented groups in health technology and innovation. Different perspectives must be given a greater role in healthcare design, to build a health system that works for everyone.

Learning is a life-long passion for Michelle, and she holds an MSc in health informatics, and an MSc in Health Services Research. She is currently pursuing a PhD in data analytics, enterprise data warehousing, and utilising healthcare data for predictive care modelling, population health management and the design of future policy and health services.  

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If you've made a significant contribution to the IT profession, industry or society, apply today or ask a colleague to nominate you. Find out more on our Fellows page

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