Séan Broomhead is a clinican and health informatics specialist based in South Africa. He has worked internationally in the fields of medical informatics, public health and healthcare software development. He is a member of South Africa's Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on eHealth and WHO's global technical advisory group on eHealth (eTAG) where he is one of three African advisors. He co-chair's the eTAG's eHealth Strategy working group and serves as an eHealth advisor to WHO-AFRO.
Séan is Chief Technology Officer at HISP-SA and Chairperson of the Africa Centre for eHealth Excellence (Acfee).
Séan's expertise covers a variety of eHealth aspects, particularly strategy, economics and impact, regulation, leadership and mobility. Sean's mHealth exposure includes participation in a collaboration with John's Hopkins School of Public Health to develop an mHealth economic evaluation guide for mHELP.
A recent project lead role includes a Study on Regulatory Aspects of eHealth for the European Space Agency, in which he led a large international consortium to conduct a year long review of the regulatory environments of 48 countries in Africa and five best-practice countries elsewhere.
Séan has worked as public health senior manager for Communicable Disease in South Africa's Northern Cape Province, director of healthcare product strategy for Oracle Corporation in Europe, Middle East and Africa and as an eHealth consultant and social entrepreneur across a number of countries in Africa.
Séan's interest in informatics was recognised in 2002 when he moved to South Africa's Northern Cape Province to establish a Department of Informatics at Kimberley Hospital Complex. Within months he was promoted to head up health information management for the province and by 2004 was Director of Communicable Disease. He led the design and implementation of the Northern Cape's integrated response to HIV & AIDS and drove efforts to reorganise disease monitoring & surveillance systems.
While in provincial senior management Dr Broomhead played a prominent role in coordinating strategic planning for the department. He implemented performance reviews and health system audits to guide policy development and strengthen management.
In 2005 Séan joined Oracle Corporation as director of healthcare product strategy for Europe, Middle East and Africa. In addition to his global role in product strategy he managed multiple projects in healthcare organizations across Europe. Séan returned to South Africa in 2007 and became active in public healthcare projects focusing on knowledge management, organisational development, clinical governance and skills development. Leveraging his diverse international experience he proceeded to launch a private health management consultancy and later non-profit tinTree International ehealth, where he now leads a global team of highly skilled eHealth and public health professionals. Séan is currently leading tinTree in a partnership with the University of Cape Town to establish a Centre for eHealth Excellence for Africa.
Séan is motivated by the prospect of advancing sustainable health and healthcare through eHealth. He is cofounder and board member of the South African Telemedicine Association (SATMA), tinTree International eHealth Leadership and Development Network and eHealth News Africa.
Séan is a medical graduate of the University of Cape Town and is affiliated with the University of KwaZulu-Natal for his PhD work, which focuses on building appropriate eHealth Impact assessment methodologies for use in Africa.