Announcement of Interim CIO for the HSE

An update from Richard Corbridge about his departure and the appointment of an interim CIO: 

"Over the last month the HSE has been considering interim options for my departure on the 17th of November. As indicated in the media the HSE will go out to the market to recruit a new CIO and this process has now started. Gartner have been asked to provide the HSE with advice and guidance on this over the next four weeks.

The process to recruit a new CIO cannot be rushed, with this in mind the HSE has considered a set of recommendations that will see the digital agenda not just held on to in an interim capacity but will see it continue to move forward.

The first step here is to appoint a member of the HSE leadership team to the role of interim Chief Information Officer and take the role and the team forward. Jane Carolan has agreed to take this on as an additional function to her current responsibilities as national director for the Health Business Services (HBS). This is not to be considered as the Office of the CIO moving into HBS in any way, this is an additional role that Jane will undertake supported by OoCIO staff; Fran Thompson for strategic elements and Michael Redmond for operational delivery.

The role of clinical engagement in digital has been brought to the forefront by the OoCIO with advent of the Chief Clinical Information Officer role and council (now a team of over 300 volunteers). To maintain the importance of this work the CCIO function will transition to the soon to be formed Chief Clinical Officers function bringing a permanent link for the delivery of clinical engagement and adding to the clinical governance that has been built by the CCIO team over the last two years.

The priorities for the OoCIO over the next short period have been clearly set; moving the EHR programme to procurement, the implementation of the ONE Programme and the continued support for all of the strategic programmes are all a high priority, the delivery of live service and the continued support of every digital system in the health service are all clearly defined as the most important role of the CIO.

Personally handing the role of CIO to a talent such as Jane is great for me, the work we have started can be not just continued but developed still further by a friend who has a clinical background, a wealth of experience of the Irish health care system and perhaps most importantly a passion for what can be achieved with digital. I wish Jane all the luck in the world, even as an interim its going to be an enjoyable ride!"

Richard & Jane will meet with partners on the morning of 25th October in a location in Dublin City Centre to give an update and answer any questions.

If you wish to register for this event, please click here. Please note that numbers are limited for this event, so we will confirm your attendance by email. 

Disclaimer: The objective of this meeting is to facilitate open and transparent communication between the CIO of the HSE (both outgoing & interim) and partners. Please note that attending this event does not alter the existing terms which apply to all commercial arrangements entered into by the HSE. All HSE Procurement policies, procedures and applicable legislation applies.


Jane CarolanJane Carolan is National Director for Health Business Services, the shared services entity which provides back office support business services to the Health Service Executive. This includes Procurement, Estates, Finance and HR shared services. She is a member of the HSE Leadership Team.  Jane previously held the position of Head of Planning and Corporate Performance for the HSE and has a great interest in strategy development and execution. A Chartered Physiotherapist by profession and a graduate of TCD (BSC Physio), she also holds a MBA from the Smurfit Business School in UCD, a BA in Public Management from the Institute of Public Administration, a Diploma in Corporate Governance from UCD and BA in Spanish and French from the Open University. Jane has over 20 years experience in senior management roles within the health system.