From OT to IT, Sonya Morice has a broad range of clinical and analytic experience that makes her a valuable member of the South Island Alliance’s Information Services team.Sonya joined the South Island Alliance five years ago and moved into her current role as Facilitator of the Information Services Service Level Alliance (ISSLA) in 2015. “When I first started, I was the Health Service Planning Coordinator, and really enjoyed working under the alliance framework. Moving into my current role was a new challenge and a great fit with the knowledge I had gained from working in IT and also utilising my clinical understanding.”
Sonya is a qualified occupational therapist, with a background working predominantly in mental health settings. After moving into management positions, she took on a business process analyst role with Canterbury DHB’s Information Services Group, where she worked for a number of years. She then took time off to have a family before joining the Alliance.
The Information Services team is helping to transform the way health services are delivered in the South Island, she says. “We support a range of projects and programmes to enable better quality, more integrated care and improved safety for patients. A key part of this is working with the ISSLA to develop strategic direction, support the South Island work plan and enable the effective delivery of clinical care.”
Supporting the Health Connect South implementation has been one of the team’s significant projects this year, she says, enabling hospitals to share relevant patient health information electronically across the entire South Island population. “It’s great being a part of the journey to ensure our health professionals have access to the information they need to provide the best care possible, no matter where in the South Island. Now that we have set the foundations, we are looking to build upon, review, refresh, and identify what developments are next and where it can go.”