Board of Directors
Healthcare Software (HCS) is an Australian e-health company that specialises in the creation of innovative clinical software solutions that excel in meeting the real business needs of health practitioners.
Founded by John Elkerton in 2005, HCS initially created one of the first software solutions for clinical pharmacy. This has grown to be a multi-disciplinary clinical information system, with a particular emphasis on complete closed loop medication management and clinical communications.
Director and CEO
John is a registered pharmacist with a long history working in public hospitals as a clinical pharmacist. These included locations across Tasmania and Queensland along with a stint at St Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth, UK).
Prior to forming HCS, he spent five years as IT manager at the Royal Hobart Hospital where he was responsible for all applications of pharmacy IT. In this role he became intimately familiar with the IT requirements of clinicians considering his experience in both fields.
Over the years, John has also been a contributor to national initiatives including HealthConnect, MediConnect and NEHTA through various working groups with a particular interest in electronic prescribing, decision support systems, adverse drug reaction reporting and other health IT related issues.
Director and GM
James Robinson was a founding shareholder in Healthcare Software from commencement of the business in 2005.
He is currently an executive director overseeing the; commercial, financial, legal and human relations aspects of the business. He is also the Managing Director of In-tellinc which is a private investment and consulting company focussed on providing marketing and commercial assistance to science and technology companies.
James has previously held senior positions at Deloitte Consulting and IBM Global Services. He currently holds a variety of board positions including; Asdeq Labs, Stratokey, Jade Liquid Software and Tasmania Wild Biltong Company.
Chris is a legal practitioner, specialising in insurance and corporate law. Chris completed his degree at the University of Tasmania and went on to work with Zeeman Kable and Page for 11 years before setting up his private practice in 1995.
Chris was appointed Chairman of St. Luke’s Private Hospital in 1991 until it was sold to Calvary Healthcare in 2004. He has been Chairman of St.LukesHealth for the past 10 years. Chris’ strong focus on community has seen him chair the Launceston Steiner School and Springfield Fisheries, vice chair of the Care for Africa Foundation as well as being a director for private start-up companies.
He is currently independent Chairman of the Tasmanian Salmon Industry having been so for 10 years. Chris and his wife have three children and spend their time operating the Lalla Flower Farm.
Mel has worked in the ICT industry for about 25 years and has held many senior roles including chief information officer at Aurora Energy and ICT leader at TasNetworks. In 2016 she started her own ICT Advisory and Project consultancy business in Hobart called Ignite Projects Services.
Mel has extensive experience in developing and implementing ICT strategies, along with a passion for leading and developing people and elevating organisational culture. Mel was awarded Outstanding Contribution by a Woman in ICT by TASICT for her dedication to the industry.
As a director of St.LukesHealth, Mel has been a member of the Risk Committee, the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Executive and Nomination Committee.