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Who we are

 

Karo is a health data management company set up in 2009, but building on more than a decade of primary and community health IT experience prior to that.  Our extensive IT expertise and knowledge of the health sector enable us to understand our clients, your needs and the ways you work in your communities.

 

Susan Iversen
Director

Susan IversenSusan has 25 years experience working on database design, development and implementation, as well as a Bachelor of Engineering and university papers in computer science.  Having been a practice manager at Newtown Union Health Service, Susan found herself gravitating towards developing IT systems for primary and community health providers.

Susan was part of the team that set up CG Computing (CGC) in 1998 to provide IT solutions for community, union and Maori organisations.  As PHOs came on the scene in the early 2000s, the need for aggregating patient registers for funding submission, saw the development of Monitor as a cost effective tool for managing registers.

Out of those roots, grew Karo, established in 2009.  Karo operates Monitor, which is now NZ's premier register management tool, with more than half the country's population in 21 PHOs, having their records processed for funding through Monitor each quarter.

 

Aleisha Penny
Operations Manager

Aleisha comes to Karo from working in the DHB, which has given her a broad overall knowledge of the health sector and working with health professionals.  Aleisha has managed teams of administrators and so understands many of the issues facing Karo's clients. Aleisha's exceptional customer service skills make her a welcome addition to the Karo team.

 

Nathan Bell
Lead Developer

Nathan has almost 18 years' experience developing primary health IT solutions.He worked for 8 years with South Link Health, during which time he helped develop their register management and claiming systems. He worked for Nelson Bays Primary Health for 5 years, where he built up their IT and IS systems and capabilities from the ground up.  More recently, he worked for Health Systems Solutions spanning 4 years where he led the team that developed Halcyon – recently acquired by Karo. Nathan enjoys software development, and enjoys the opportunity to develop innovative, user friendly systems to Health Care Providers across the Health Sector.

 

Cliff Riordan
Senior Developer

Cliff has a Bachelor’s Degree in Information technology and has been working as an IT professional for the past 16 years.  In this time Cliff has worked in a number of IT fields including GIS, software development, systems / database administration and IT management. Cliff joined Health Systems Solutions as a Programmer/Analyst in 2015 to pursue his passion for software development. Cliff enjoys working in the health sector and derives huge satisfaction from developing tools that help Health Professionals to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.

 

David Bottinga
Senior Developer

David has worked as a software developer for 6 years, specialising in web development. David had various interests and career aspirations in his early years, completing Zoology and Sinology qualifications before embarking upon Software Engineering and working in the marketing industry.  David immensely enjoys the creative and problem-solving aspects of software development and joined Karo to apply his skills in delivering robust and reliable solutions for the health sector.

 

Kyle Forde
Chief Operating Officer (Projects)

Kyle believes in consumer driven innovation and has a dream to ensure every New Zealander has better access to health through the use of technology and evidence-based research leveraging accurate data. As an active board member for HINZ Kyle’s governance experience extends into the social sector where he is also a board member serving Anglican Family Care where he provides governance advice relating to technology and cross sector interoperability.  Kyle studied at Otago Polytechnic and is currently studying for his masters focussed on Standards of Interoperability in health. Kyle brings over 20 years of commercial and IT experience to the health and social sector and this experience provides the sector with a unique view when formulating strategies across all sector engagements. Kyle is also a member of the NZ Telehealth Forum, Telemonitoring Working Group of New Zealand and the NZ Health IT Forum. His experience across the social and health sector provides a balanced view when providing cross sector advice.