Terry Sweeney joins EY’s digital healthcare consulting practice

17 May 2022 Consultancy.com.au 1 min. read
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Big Four firm EY has strengthened its consulting practice with Terry Sweeney, a seasoned leader in the (digital) healthcare space.

Terry Sweeney joins EY as a partner in Adelaide after having stepped down as the chief executive officer of the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre in March.

Established in 2018, the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre is a $200 million national organisation funded by the Commonwealth Government and industry partners, fast-tracking technologies and digital health solutions to solve the most pressing healthcare challenges. The South Australia based network bills itself as the largest digital health collaborative in the world.

Terry Sweeney, Partner, EY

Sweeney helmed the network since October 2020, and has since his departure been succeeded by former Bupa Health Foundation executive Annette Schmiede as acting CEO. During his time at the organisation, Sweeney also founded Digital Hive, a spinout company of the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre focused on the commercialisation of digital health.

Previously Sweeney was the global director of IBM Health Watson, where he was responsible for leading partnerships with Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, NHS UK and Ministry of Health, Labour & Welfare Japan.

He joined IBM in 2011 upon its acquisition of Cúram Software, where he had served as founding director after departing M16 (in recognition of his service overseas in British Intelligence, Sweeney was honoured by HRH Queen Elizabeth II with an order of Knighthood).

Now at EY, Sweeney will help clients with digital health and healthcare innovation through commercialisation of new and emerging technology. A strategic advisor to several global organisations including the G20, Sweeney is also focused on helping government agencies with driving the development of a digital health industry in Australia.

In particular South Australia aims to position itself as a world leader in digital health innovation. Recent successes include tapping technology giants Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services to establish a hub in the state.