Meet the CIO Advisory Council

The HISI CIO advisory council comprises CIOs of top Irish companies. The board provides expert advice on the needs of the IT profession across the whole economy, including the ICT industry, the non-ICT private sector and the public sector.

Vincent Jordan

Vincent Jordan Vincent Jordan is the Delivery Director for ICT Services to Acute Hospitals for the Office of the CIO (OoCIO), HSE Ireland. Vincent is responsible for OoCIO engagement with Acute Hospitals, including aligning ICT strategy, governance and investment nationally and with hospital groups; sponsoring major ICT developments; and ensuring OoCIO delivers the maximum value to patients and the taxpayer with the resources available. Since joining the health service in 2003 Vincent has been responsible for planning, procuring and implementing a wide range of health information system across primary, community and hospital services. Prior to working in the health system, Vincent worked as an engineering programme manager with Hewlett Packard, an academic in Trinity College Dublin and a project manager with Oracle.

Prof. Neil O’Hare BSc, PhD, FInstP, CEng, CPhys

Neil O'Hare Neil is Prof of Health Informatics (University College Dublin) and Group CIO for the Ireland East Hospital Group. This is the largest group of acute hospitals in Ireland with eleven separate facilities, 2,500 total bed capacity, serving a population of over 1m people and a budget of €1b.
A Physicist by background, he has had a strong emphasis on informatics throughout his career to date including heading up many large implementation projects around clinical information systems, acting as advisor to the Department of Health and project management of a range of medical equipping projects. In 2007 he took up the role as Programme Lead on the National Integrated Medical Imaging System (NIMIS) Project for the Health Services Executive, Ireland. This is one of the largest single PACS / RIS solution implementations in the world.
In addition to the above Neil has held academic appointments in Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin with research interests in health informatics, imaging and UV phototherapy dosimetry. He has over 50 peer reviewed publications and is a regular invited presenter at conferences. He is the current Chair of the Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI).
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Martin Keane

Martin Keane Martin has been IT Manager at the National Maternity Hospital since January 2015 where the current priorities are the upgrading of its entire ICT infrastructure and improving work practices. Relatively new to the Healthcare sector, he brings over 20 years IT experience across numerous industries at home and abroad. Most recently he was IT Director at Four Seasons Hotels, and IT Manager at Marriott's flagship Shelbourne Hotel, where he was responsible for the migration and installation of all ICT systems during its re-opening in 2007. Previous positions include a variety of technical and operational roles at the European Commission in Brussels, British Telecom in London, and the European Trademark Agency (OAMI) in Alicante. Martin graduated with a BComm from UCD.

John Maher

Martin Keane John has over twenty seven years Healthcare related ICT experience having started work as a software developer within Beaumont Hospital. His career saw him move, in a variety of software development and project management roles, through a number of international Healthcare Software companies such as First Data Corporation, HBO & Company, now McKesson and First Consulting Group where he worked as a Senior Consultant within the European Health Care and European Pharmaceutical practices.

Moving back to Ireland John headed up software development for Systems Solutions Limited, developing dispensing solutions for the community pharmacy market in both Ireland and the UK. His current role is that of Head of Information and Technology at the National Rehabilitation Hospital where he is also responsible for Data Protection, ICT Strategy and Infrastructure Design for their new hospital.

Dermot Cullinan

Dermot Cullinan Dermot Cullinan has a BA in Information Management and a MSc. in Management of Information Systems (Trinity College). Prior to working in St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group Dermot worked as a Developer and Project Manager for two leading health systems providers in Ireland. Since 2002 Dermot has been Director of ICT in St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) where he has successfully managed the expansion of services to the constituent hospitals’ of SVHG. In his Director role, he is tasked with meeting the Hospital’s strategic and operational objectives through the provision of high quality information and communication technology. He strives to facilitate the Group in being an innovator in health service systems through the technical interpretation of the hospitals ICT needs and objectives. Dermot has introduced a comprehensive suite of systems and services within the Group. In recent years, he has managed a drive to become a truly clinically led ICT organisation with considerable success.

Deidre Hyland

Deidre Hyland Deirdre has over 25 years’ experience in ICT in Healthcare. In 2009 she was appointed Head of Information Management Services at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, with responsibility across all areas of ICT. She manages a dynamic and innovative team, with expertise in clinical information systems, system development, health informatics and data analytics. Previously Deirdre studied Healthcare Management and prior to 2009 served as Deputy ICT lead at the Mater, where she has played a leadership role in positioning the hospital at the forefront of progressive enterprise and clinical information systems.

She has engaged with a wide network of clinicians, executive leaders and ICT service providers in using ICT as a strategic driver to support the delivery of patient care. Today the hospital’s advanced ICT systems underpin its clinical and organisational workflows in supporting those involved in the delivery of healthcare. She is also certified in Lean Six Sigma and combines these tools with technology to improve processes wherever possible. She has a keen interest in how data is used and is the appointed Data Protection Officer for this large university teaching hospital.

Dr. Michael Connolly PhD.

Michael Connolly Michael is currently ICT lead for Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG), he has worked in ICT for over 30 years with Healthcare roles in Our lady’s Hospital in Crumlin and with Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. Michael has a PhD in Healthcare Informatics from UCD School of Medicine and undergraduate degrees from DCU. He has completed Lean Six Sigma Green belt and is registered as a Data Protection Officer. A Prince certified project manager with successful projects delivered in Cloud, Network, Data Centre, IT Security, Infrastructure design and Software solutions. Prior to working in Healthcare Michael worked with Local Authorities and Leader groups. Michael lectures on Healthcare Informatics and Clinical research post graduate programs in UCD. His research interests are in the innovative use of ICT to improve how healthcare is delivered and the role of Healthcare Informatics in understanding complex disease


Participation in the Forum will initially be by invitation, and gradually opened to personnel operating at a senior level within their ICT function or are responsible for the delivery or development of systems across their institution.

While not initially required, it is hoped that members of the forum would be or become members of HISI. There will be no fee associated with membership of the forum. For full Terms of Reference click here

Advisory Council Meeting Notes