Editorial: We are very sad to be losing Alex Poor from Ko Awatea as leader of the Health Intelligence and Informatics team. We wish him all the best in his new role.
I first came to Ko Awatea because I was interested by the large and challenging projects Ko Awatea’s Health Intelligence and Informatics (HII) team were involved with, and by the people who made up the team. As I prepare to leave Ko Awatea I could not be prouder of the work that HII has produced and how well they have risen to every challenge.
There are many specific things I’m really excited about as I look back and see how the team has evolved, but focusing on any of them would possibly be to the exclusion of others. As recently as last week I was talking with Cherie, who reeled off the top of her head a few pages worth of detail on how we allocate costs to the different components of a healthcare event. Cherie, and all the wider team of analysts, have a huge amount of knowledge – if you’ve never met them go and have a chat, you’ll be amazed!
Implementation of the Costpro system has relied on harnessing all this knowledge, something Rosie as project manager has done expertly. Together with Nuve handling the techy parts, they collectively landed a huge project which we’re starting to use more extensively with key stakeholders to answer important operational questions. Many mornings I woke up to emails from Nuve and Rosie sent after midnight, after they had been working hard on ironing out some of the huge detail that goes into implementing and maintaining such a system.
The establishment of the Ko Awatea Research and Evaluation office has also been expertly managed by Luis Villa and Andrew Hill. The team are now in the enviable position of having several external contracts for evaluation work, and are building an impressive portfolio. I have always admired their commitment to building capability in this area, something which ensures that we are spreading knowledge and making our colleagues more capable in the spirit of Ko Awatea’s values.
It’s the people in the team which has made the team what it is and I am very grateful to have worked with them. I can’t wait to hear what they accomplish next!