Noreen Noonan - Navigating Technology and Healthcare: A Woman's Journey to Inclusion



As I reflect on my journey in the technology sector within healthcare, particularly on this International Women's Day 2024, I am reminded of the twists and turns that led me to where I am today. Growing up with a father entrenched in computer management, technology was always a familiar presence in my life.  When I first embarked on my career, the landscape of technology, especially within the healthcare system, was vastly different. Male dominance was the norm in tech management, with few female role models to look up to. Despite these obstacles, I persevered, driven by a passion for technology and a desire to make a difference.  

As technology gradually evolved from basic systems like medical cards and payroll to becoming an indispensable tool in service delivery, I witnessed firsthand the transformative power it holds. Embracing this evolution, I navigated through various roles, from a Junior Developer to my current position as the ICT Delivery Director. Each step of the way, I found fulfilment in contributing to impactful projects that positively impact our healthcare system and, by extension, our society.

Reflecting on my journey, I am often asked about the challenges I faced as a woman in this field. While there were certainly hurdles to overcome, I choose to focus on the progress we've made. Today, we see more women in leadership roles, paving the way for future generations. However, the journey toward true inclusion is far from over.

In my role as a leader, I prioritise creating an inclusive workplace where every individual feels valued and respected. Strong leadership, I believe, is paramount in fostering such an environment. It's about recognising and embracing the diverse strengths within our teams, accommodating different work styles, and ensuring everyone has a seat at the table.

Celebrating International Women's Day

As I celebrate International Women's Day 2024, I am filled with a sense of pride for how far we've come. My journey is just one of many, a testament to the resilience and determination of women in technology and healthcare. Together, let us continue to inspire inclusion, breaking barriers, and creating a brighter, more equitable future for all.